Restoring previous versions of files in Dropbox

05 Jun

One of the most common questions I am asked now the WordPress Backup to Dropbox 0.8 has been released is, now that the zipping has been removed, can one still get an earlier version of a file that has been backed up? The answer to this question is, yes you can! Dropbox has this functionality built in and it is extremely easy to do.

Lets just say you botched a post and want to revert to a database a few days old. To do so go to the Dropbox web interface and navigate to the file that you wish to revert.

Once you have located the file all you need to do is click the little down arrow on the right hand side and select ‘Previous Versions’.

Note: You can also select ‘Previous Versions’ within the Dropbox folder on your computer by right clicking on the file and selecting this option in the Dropbox sub menu.

Once selected you will be presented Dropbox’s Previous versions page.

As you can see I dump my WordPress database every day so I can revert my SQL dump to any version within the last 30 days by selecting the day that I wish to revert to and clicking the restore button.

More information can be found in the Dropbox help page.

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