You can set a backup policy to adjust the default backup settings of ApsaraDB for MongoDB to automatically back up data. Alternatively, you can manually back up ApsaraDB for MongoDB data.


  • 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.
  • Replica set and sharded cluster instances support physical backup and logical backup.
  • A physical backup or logical 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.

Backup methods

  • Snapshot backup: Due to the special single-node architecture, the data of standalone instances is backed up in snapshots. A snapshot backup can keep the status of disk data at a specific time point.
  • Physical backup: Physical database files are backed up for ApsaraDB for MongoDB instances.
  • Logical backup: You can run a mongodump command to logically back up ApsaraDB for MongoDB data.


  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. In the upper-right corner of the page that appears, click Backup Instance.
  6. In the Backup Instance dialog box that appears, select a backup method for Backup Method.

  7. Click OK.