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Download Percona Backup for MongoDB from Percona website

You can download Percona Backup for MongoDB from Percona website and install it:

  • From binary tarballs.
  • Manually, from the installation packages using dpkg (Debian and Ubuntu) or rpm (Red Hat Enterprise Linux and CentOS). However, you must make sure that all dependencies are satisfied.

What nodes to install on


Install pbm-agent on all servers that have mongod nodes in the MongoDB cluster (or non-sharded replica set). You don’t need to start it on the arbiter node, since it doesn’t have the data set.

pbm CLI

You can install pbm CLI on any or all servers or desktop computers you wish to use it from. Those computers must not be network-blocked from accessing the MongoDB cluster.

Install from binary tarball

Find the link to the binary tarballs under the Generic Linux menu item on Percona website .

  1. Fetch the binary tarball. Replace the <version> with the required version.

    $ wget<version>/binary/tarball/percona-backup-mongodb-<version>-x86_64.tar.gz
  2. Extract the tarball

    $ tar -xf percona-backup-mongodb-<version>-x86_64.tar.gz
  3. Export the location of the binaries to the PATH variable

    For example, if you’ve extracted the tarball to your home directory, the command would be the following:

    $ export PATH=~/percona-backup-mongodb-<version>/:$PATH

After the installation completes, you have the following tools:

Tool Purpose
pbm Command-line interface for controlling the backup system
pbm-agent An agent for running backup/restore actions on a database host
pbm-speed-test An interface for field-testing compression and backup upload speed
pbm-agent-entrypoint An entry point application that allows starting pbm-agent and also restarts it in case of any faults

Next steps

Initial setup

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Last update: May 16, 2024
Created: May 16, 2024