Download and Setup Heroku Database Backup

Here are the steps to download and setup the database locally:

  • Make sure you are in project directory path/to/project
  • Get the latest database backup url from heroku using below command: heroku pg:backups public-url
  • Copy the url and paste it into the browser and hit Enter. This will download the file (which is encrypted).
  • Rename the downloaded file to something more appropriate (Ex: latest.dump). Note the extension being “.dump”.
  • Create a new postgres database (Ex: latest_database) sorry for the weird name, I just couldn’t think of anything better. LOL
  • Run this command to restore
pg_restore --verbose --clean --no-acl --no-owner -h localhost -U your_username -d your_database_name path/to/latest.dump

P.S. You can check the status of backups at any point of time by running this command: heroku pg:backups


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