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CLI for creating and exporting PostgreSQL dumps to FTP.

Can be used for backups or synchronizing databases between production and development environments.


pg_export --database database_name --keep 5

Above command will perform database dump, encrypt it, upload it to FTP and remove old dumps from FTP, keeping newest 5.

FTP connection params and encryption key are configured by env variables.


  • uses shell command pg_dump and pg_restore
  • encrypts dumps by OpenSSL AES-128-CBC
  • configurable through env variables
  • uses ruby tempfiles, so local dumps are garbage collected automatically
  • easy restoring dumps through interactive mode


  • Ruby >= 2.3.0
  • $ pg_dump
  • $ pg_restore


Add this line to your application's Gemfile:

gem 'pg_export'

And then execute:

$ bundle

Or install it yourself as:

$ gem install pg_export


$ pg_export -h

Usage: pg_export [options]
    -d, --database DATABASE          [Required] Name of the database to export
    -k, --keep [KEEP]                [Optional] Number of dump files to keep on FTP (default: 10)
    -t, --timestamped                [Optional] Enables log messages with timestamps
    -m, --muted                      [Optional] Mutes log messages (overrides -t option)
    -i, --interactive                [Optional] Interactive command line mode - for restoring dumps into databases
    -h, --help                       Show this message

Setting can be verified by running following commands:
    -c, --configuration              Prints the configuration
    -f, --ftp                        Tries connecting to FTP to verify the connection

How to start

Step 1. Prepare ENV variables.

/* FTP storage for database dumps. */

/* Encryption key shoul have exactly 16 characters. */
/* Dumps will be SSL(AES-128-CBC) encrypted using this key. */

/* Dumps to be kept on FTP */
/* Optional, defaults to 10 */

Note, that variables cannot include # sign, more info.

Step 2. Print the configuration to verify if env variables has been loaded properly.

$ pg_export --configuration
=> {:dump_encryption_key=>"k4***", :ftp_host=>"", :ftp_user=>"your_ftp_user", 
   :ftp_password=>"pass***", :logger_format=>"plain", :keep_dumps=>2} 

Step 3. Try connecting to FTP to verify the connection.

$ pg_export --ftp
=> 230 User your_ftp_user logged in

Step 4. Perform database export.

$ pg_export -d your_database [-k 5]
=> Dump database your_database to your_database_20181016_121314 (1.36MB)
   Encrypt your_database_20181016_121314 (1.34MB)
   Connect to
   Upload your_database_20181016_121314 (1.34MB) to
   Close FTP

How to restore a dump?

Run interactive mode and follow the instructions:

pg_export [-d your_database] -i


After checking out the repo, run bin/setup to install dependencies. Then, run rspec to run the tests. You can also run bin/console for an interactive prompt that will allow you to experiment.

To install this gem onto your local machine, run bundle exec rake install. To release a new version, update the version number in version.rb, and then run bundle exec rake release, which will create a git tag for the version, push git commits and tags, and push the .gem file to


Bug reports and pull requests are welcome on GitHub at This project is intended to be a safe, welcoming space for collaboration, and contributors are expected to adhere to the Contributor Covenant code of conduct.


The gem is available as open source under the terms of the MIT License.