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Backup a Course in Moodle


Course instructors may create a backup copy of their course in Moodle. The backup copy can be saved to the individual's storage location for later use. Backup copies can be restored into a Moodle course shell at a future time.

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • View a video tutorial (11 min) on how to perform a course backup. 
  • Steps for completing a course backup. 
  • Seek further assistance.

Video Tutorial

View this video tutorial (11 min) which demonstrates how to complete a course backup in Moodle. 


Open the Moodle course that you want to backup.

  1. Click on the Course Management icon (gear) in the upper right corner of the course homepage:Moodle- Course Management Icon.PNG 
  2. In the Course block, click Backup

Moodle- Course Backup.PNG

2. Use the check boxes beside the list of resources/activities you wish to include in the back up. Moodle- Backup Settings1.PNGMoodle- Backup Settings2.PNG

3. If you are including all of the Course Content is to be included in the back-up, choose Jump to final step. If you want to pick and choose which content to have in the back-up, click Next


  • If you clicked Jump to final step, the download file is now available.
  • Otherwise, choose which items to include as you scroll through the Topics:


4.. Confirm that your selections are correct and click "Perform backup and then click "continue".

5. Your course has now been backed up and will be saved on the Moodle server. To store a local copy of the back up on your computer, click on the "download" button next to applicable back up that is listed. Moodle- Backup Download.PNG

6. Download your file to your computer or storage space or Restore the course file to an empty Moodle course shell.

How to Restore A Course in Moodle

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, Clarkson OIT Help Desk;

Call: 315-268-HELP (x4357)