How to change the default directory for backups in Plesk

Plesk-LogoBy default the Backup Manager in Plesk stores local backups in /var/lib/psa/dumps.

You can change this location by editing /etc/psa/psa.conf. Find the following block in the file:

# Backups directory
DUMP_D /var/lib/psa/dumps

Change the path for DUMP_D to your new desired location, then restart Plesk for the changes to take effect:

service psa stopall
service psa restart

Alternatively, if you don’t want to make the change, you can mount another volume to the default backup directory (such as an Amazon S3 Bucket).

Jay is founder of WP Hosting, a boutique style managed WordPress hosting and support service. He has been working with Plesk since version 9 and is a qualified Parallels Automation Professional. In his spare time he likes to develop iOS apps and WordPress plugins, or drawing on tablet devices. He blogs about his coding journey at and

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