ApsaraDB for MongoDB automatically backs up data according to the default backup policy. You can also set a backup policy based on business requirements to automatically back up data for your ApsaraDB for MongoDB instances as required.


  • ApsaraDB for MongoDB stores its generated backup files in OSS to free up the storage space of ApsaraDB for MongoDB instances.
  • The backup method for standalone instances is fixed to snapshot backup, which affects their I/O performance in the backup process.
  • The backup method for replica set and sharded cluster instances is physical backup.
    Note A physical backup is carried out on the hidden secondary node of an ApsaraDB for MongoDB instance. Therefore, it does not affect the I/O performance of the primary and secondary nodes. It may take a long time to back up a large amount of data. You need to wait patiently.

Set an automatic backup policy

  1. Log on to the ApsaraDB for MongoDB console.
  2. In the upper-left corner of the home page, select the region where the target instance is located.
  3. In the left-side navigation pane, click Replica Set Instances or Sharding Instances based on the architecture of the target instance.
  4. Locate the target instance and click its instance ID.
  5. In the left-side navigation pane, click Backup and Recovery.
  6. Click Backup Settings.

  7. In the Backup Settings dialog box that appears, set related parameters.

    Parameter Description
    Retention Days The number of days for keeping backup data. It is fixed to seven days.
    Backup Time The backup time in units of hours. You can set any time as required. We recommend that you back up data during off-peak hours.
    Day of Week The backup cycle. You can select one or more days in a week.
  8. After setting the preceding parameters, click OK.