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Restoring a Course Backup File to an Empty Course Site

Please note: this tool is best used on an empty course site. It is possible to restore a course backup file over existing course data. This will destroy the data that already exists. If you have any qualms about restoring a course on your own, please don't hesitate to contact the Moodle Help TeamIf you fear you have made a mistake while restoring, please contact the team immediately for help. 

RESTORE or IMPORT? Moodle's file import tool can be used to bring over files and activities between courses on Moodle. It does not transmit most user or grade data. When you're setting up a new version of a course you have taught previously on our Moodle server, you may prefer to use the import function unless there is a particular reason to use the restore function. See Moving Material Between Courses for instructions on using the import function. 
The instructions below are for restoring a course using a previously created backup file. To generate a backup file, follow the instructions in Creating A Course Backup File.

A course backup file (.mbz) may be restored into any of your existing Moodle course sites: 

  1. Go to the main page of your course, click on the gear icon to the right of the course title, and then click Restore (if you have an empty course to restore into). 
  2. Upload the backup file by dragging into the Files box, or choose a file in the Course backup area or User private backup area and click Restore 
  3. Confirm - Check that everything is as required then click the Continue button 
  4. Destination - Choose whether you would like to Restore into existing course, Restore into this course, or Restore as a new course. Those options are presented in sections on the Destination page. Then click the Continue button at the bottom of the section you choose.
  5. Settings - Select activities, blocks, filters and possibly other items as required then click the Next button 
  6. Schema - Select/deselect specific items and amend the course name, short name and start date if necessary then click the Next button 
  7. Review - Check that everything is as required, using the Previous button if necessary, then click the 'Perform restore' button 
  8. Complete - Click the continue button

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