Backup Kubernetes MySQL database to DigitalOcean Spaces

Kubernetes DigitalOcean Spaces

Few days ago, DigitalOcean announced PostgreSQL DBaaS , which is really nice, but even better, they promised soon availability of MySQL and Redis managed services. While we are waiting for this, I will describe in this article how to backup your Kubernetes MySQL database to Spaces , DigitalOcean’s S3 compatible storage.

In my case, MySQL database, actually MariaDB is running as a cluster service on my Kubernetes cluster. First you have to create your Spaces storage and you should get an endpoint similar to this one . Next, under menu API, on the left hand side menu, you should create your Spaces keys. These values are needed to configure the backup cronjob.

Now we can start with the Kubernetes stuff. First let’s create secret:

kubectl create secret generic mariadb-backup-secrets \
  --from-literal=spacesKey="XXX" \
  --from-literal=spacesSecret="YYY" \

Now let’s create Kubernetes CronJob:

apiVersion: batch/v1beta1
kind: CronJob
  name: mariadb-backup
  schedule: "0 3 * * *"
  concurrencyPolicy: Forbid
  successfulJobsHistoryLimit: 2
  failedJobsHistoryLimit: 2
          - name: mysqldump
            image: schickling/mysql-backup-s3
              - name: S3_ENDPOINT
              - name: S3_REGION
                value: ams3
              - name: S3_BUCKET
                value: mybucket
              - name: S3_PREFIX
                value: "mariadb-backup"
              - name: S3_ACCESS_KEY_ID
                    name: mariadb-backup-secrets
                    key: spacesKey
              - name: S3_SECRET_ACCESS_KEY
                    name: mariadb-backup-secrets
                    key: spacesSecret
              - name: MYSQL_HOST
                value: mariadb.default.svc.cluster.local
              - name: MYSQL_USER
                value: root
              - name: MYSQL_PASSWORD
                    name: mariadb-backup-secrets
                    key: mariaDbPassword
              - name: MULTI_FILES
                value: "true"
          restartPolicy: OnFailure

Your Kubernetes CronJob will run at defined times, but you can also trigger it manually in your Dashboard or in your shell:

kubectl create job --from=cronjob/mariadb-backup mariadb-backup-manual-001

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