Backup, export and restore

The data in your AuraDS instance can be backed up, exported, and restored using snapshots. A snapshot is a copy of the data in an instance at a specific point in time.

The Snapshots tab within an AuraDS instance shows a list of available snapshots [1]. To access the Snapshots tab:

  1. Navigate to the Neo4j Aura Console in your browser.

  2. Select the instance you want to access.

  3. Select the Snapshots tab.

Snapshot actions

Take a snapshot

You can manually trigger a snapshot by selecting Take snapshot in the Snapshots tab. The snapshot status is shown as In progress until the snapshot has been created; then, the Status becomes Completed.

Backup and Export

By selecting the ellipses (…​) button next to a snapshot, you can:

  • Export - Download the database as a .tar.gz file, allowing you to store a local copy and work on your data offline. The compressed archive contains a .dump file that can be imported directly or pushed to the cloud.

  • Create instance from snapshot - Create a new AuraDS instance using the data from the snapshot. This opens a window where you can assign a name to the instance that will be created.


You can restore data in your instance to a previous snapshot by selecting Restore next to the snapshot you want to restore.

Restoring a snapshot requires you to confirm the action by typing RESTORE and selecting Restore.

Caution: Restoring a snapshot overwrites the data in your instance, replacing it with the data contained in the snapshot.

1. Snapshots are kept in the system for 180 days.