How to backup data from old version of Mastodon Instance?

While I asked how to upgrade my Mastodon instance which is still on Version 3.1.3 ( basically received no viable solution. I am now looking to back up my data and blast it so I can recreate a new instance using the most current droplet Digital Ocean has available. Is there a way to back up all user data in order to restore it to my new instance? Or, does anyone have any reason why all suggestions are not upgrading my instance to version 4.0.2? I created a 4 GB swap file before launching the upgrade. When I go through the steps one by one, they all seem to install fine. But when I reload my instance it is still on 3.1.3. Any help would be appreciated.

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Bobby Iliev
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February 25, 2023

Hi there,

As the 1-Click Mastodon instance comes with a Postgres database, you can use the pg_dump or pg_dumpall to backup your database.

It is actually also recomended to occasionally making a backup with pg_dump or pg_dumpall.

For more information, I could also suggest taking a look at the official Mastodon docs on how to backup your server:

Hope that this helps!



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