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Use the Amazon AWS API to Automatically Backup an Odoo Database to S3

Use the Amazon AWS API to Automatically Backup an Odoo Database to S3

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One of the advantages of Amazon's AWS platform is their robust API that let you automate many tasks. In this video we learn how to use both the Odoo API with XML-RPC and Amazon's AWS API to backup an Odoo database to an S3 bucket.

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Using the Odoo API and Amazon API to backup an Odoo Database

Learn how you can automate operations with buckets on Amazon S3

In this video we look at the foundations of automating Odoo backups using some simple python commands. Even better, you can use these techniques to accomplish many other automation tasks in Odoo. A few examples might be a document management system that stores the documents on Amazon S3 for access to important scaleability features like Amazon Cloud Front. Using the Amazon API you could create signed URL's. 

Setting up your Amazon AWS Account: If you wish to follow along with this video and test it out yourself you will need to have an Amazon AWS account. 

Create a bucket on S3:  You will need to setup a bucket on Amazon S3 to store your backups. The script that we go over in detail in the video then will backup your Odoo database to that S3 bucket.

Using XML-RPC to backup the Odoo database: Odoo has a powerful API that can be accessed programatically through XML-RPC and simple Python commands.  

Copying your Odoo database to the Amazon S3 bucket: This is the final step in copying the data over into an Amazon S3 bucket. Using the put_object method in the Amazon AWS API the Odoo database is copied over to the S3 bucket. 

Extending the example with additional options: Once you have your database backing up using the script you have the flexibility to automate it using a variety of techniques. You could create a cron job in Ubuntu that would execute the script at anytime you choose. You could also create a server action in Odoo to backup the database. Or you could incorporate the script into a more comprehensive backup strategy that backups up the database to multiple S3 instances in different regions on a more complex archival time solution.