Moodle 3.2: Download a Moodle Backup (mbz) File

You can download an existing backup for safekeeping, for use on another Moodle site, or in preparation for migrating the course to Canvas. 

Downloading a backup file

If you are already in the Course backup area in Moodle, go to step 3. Otherwise:

  1. Go to your course site in Moodle.
  2. Find the Administration block:
    • Click Restore.
  3. Go to the User private backup area.
  4. Find your backup file. (The most recently created file will be at the top of the list.)
  5. Click Download to copy the backup to your hard drive.
    • If your browser asks how the file should be handled, select download rather than unarchive or view options.
      Restore course page, User private backup area, download link highlighted

Your course backup file should be saved to your Downloads folder.