How to force start cPanel backup in new backup system (version 11.38)

cPanel has introduced a new backup system in 11.38, this is most robust, has more options, and is easy to use. I personally like the option of additional backup destinations.

/usr/local/cpanel/bin/backup --force

The above command with –force makes a new backup, even if the last scheduled backup was run and successful.

If you do not want to force backup, run without -force parameter. It would make a new backup if the last backup failed. If the last backup was successful and backups are up to date, then cPanel will create no new backup.


After running the command, you will see an output like this, with cPanel backup process id and a backup log file path in the end.

Started at Tue Aug 10 22:52:10 2021
[2021-08-10 22:52:10 +0500] info [backup] The backup is now running in the background in process 15870.
[2021-08-10 22:52:10 +0500] info [backup] The backup process’s log file is “/usr/local/cpanel/logs/cpbackup/1628617930.log”.

You can tail the logs with -F switch with log file path from above to see the current backup domain and progress.

Tail -F /usr/local/cpanel/logs/cpbackup/1628617930.log

You can configure a new backup system from “configure backup” whereas the old one is still in place but has been moved to “legacy backup”.
If you have to force start a new backup system, you can use, and if you are still using the legacy backup system, it can be done using the same

/scripts/cpbackup --force