Replicating the Database
NetBox employs a PostgreSQL database, so general PostgreSQL best practices apply here. The database can be written to a file and restored using the
psql utilities, respectively.
The examples below assume that your database is named
Export the Database
pg_dump utility to export the entire database to a file:
pg_dump --username netbox --password --host localhost netbox > netbox.sql
You may need to change the username, host, and/or database in the command above to match your installation.
When replicating a production database for development purposes, you may find it convenient to exclude changelog data, which can easily account for the bulk of a database's size. To do this, exclude the
extras_objectchange table data from the export. The table will still be included in the output file, but will not be populated with any data.
pg_dump ... --exclude-table-data=extras_objectchange netbox > netbox.sql
Load an Exported Database
When restoring a database from a file, it's recommended to delete any existing database first to avoid potential conflicts.
The following will destroy and replace any existing instance of the database.
psql -c 'drop database netbox'
psql -c 'create database netbox'
psql netbox < netbox.sql
Keep in mind that PostgreSQL user accounts and permissions are not included with the dump: You will need to create those manually if you want to fully replicate the original database (see the installation docs). When setting up a development instance of NetBox, it's strongly recommended to use different credentials anyway.
Export the Database Schema
If you want to export only the database schema, and not the data itself (e.g. for development reference), do the following:
pg_dump --username netbox --password --host localhost -s netbox > netbox_schema.sql
Replicating Uploaded Media
By default, NetBox stores uploaded files (such as image attachments) in its media directory. To fully replicate an instance of NetBox, you'll need to copy both the database and the media files.
These operations are not necessary if your installation is utilizing a remote storage backend.
Archive the Media Directory
Execute the following command from the root of the NetBox installation path (typically
tar -czf netbox_media.tar.gz netbox/media/
Restore the Media Directory
To extract the saved archive into a new installation, run the following from the installation root:
tar -xf netbox_media.tar.gz