HeidiSQL Backup and Restore Tool

HeidiSQL backup utilizes HeidiSQL, a free, fast and reliable toolkit designed for managing MySQL, MS SQL and PostgreSQL databases. HeidiSQL can completely replace the more difficult SQL admin tool called PHPMyAdmin.

However, using Handy Backup for saving SQL-type data brings some crucial advantages. Therefore, the might of these two solutions can be combined.

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HeidiSQL Backup Database

Basic Features of HeidiSQL

Unlike PHPMyAdmin utility, operating on the server side via Web-based browser interface, HeidiSQL is the full package with its own GUI. It is open-source and completely free for installing and using it anywhere for administering SQL database engines.

HeidiSQL full package with its own GUI


HeidiSQL can control instances of MS SQL server, MySQL server or PostgreSQL server, providing an administrator with manual access to all aspects of database management available for these database server solutions (DBMS).


The main problem of HeidiSQL backup operations is lack of any automation. To complete your set of instruments for database management, we recommend adding perfect SQL backup software, such as Handy Backup, to HeidiSQL.

How to Use HeidiSQL for Database Management, Backup and Restoration

HeidiSQL for Database Management

A system administrator can manage HeidiSQL backup database, restore it from backup, create, export and dump database, as well as view and delete any database content. Some instruments to work with SQL users are also added to HeidiSQL set of features.

At other hand, HeidiSQL database backup and restore is not a universal solution, lacking an automation required for performing these actions on a regular basis. It is primary for manual managing, not for tuning or automating every SQL operation, including HeidiSQL backup.

Advantages of Handy Backup over the HeidiSQL Backup Process

Using Handy Backup instead of HeidiSQL backup technique for saving SQL-type data brings some crucial advantages, e.g.:

  • Automatic backing up MySQL, MS SQL and PostgreSQL databases, as well as any other data;
  • Saving databases in native format, allowing using these data directly from backups;
  • Scheduling tasks on a regular period with an interval from minutes to months;
SQL Backup Settings
  • Making versioned backups with flexible time-stamps, to sort backups;
  • Full, incremental, differential and mixed backups, to save backup space and time;
  • A choice of storage media including FTPs, NASes and cloud services;
  • Big set of other options, such as encryption, running as Windows service and other.

Clearly, for backing up SQL data, Handy Backup is much more convenient than HeidiSQL database backup. However, the might of these two solutions can be combined, not contested. Use HeidiSQL to manage your data manually and Handy Backup to automate data saving, to reach a peak of efficiency.

HeidiSQL Backup via MySQL Plug-in: Video

The next video will show how to make a HeidiSQL backup and restore task when using a MySQL instance as a DBMS, and utilizing the “MySQL” dedicated plug-in of Handy Backup. It is a tutorial video, and you can create a HeidiSQL backup task by following the instructions of this video.

Alternatives for HeidiSQL

The main HeidiSQL alternative for MySQL is, of course, phpMyAdmin, the ever-popular MySQL administering utility. Like HeidiSQL, it lacks any automation; therefore, its functionality in manual mode makes it a most common tool for many MySQL, CMS and even website administrators.

As typical backup alternatives for HeidiSQL, these are a lot of scripts and batches allowing downloading MySQL, PostgreSQL or MS SQL database copy to some different place. These scripts can be partly automated by using scheduling utilities like cron, but using scripts requires a lot of skills.

MySQL administering utility

Handy Backup as an Alternative to Heidi SQL Backup Database Feature

As explained before, no such thing exists as Heidi SQL automatic backup. Backing up SQL databases using HeidiSQL is a simple sort of data export. This is no scheduled process presumed for performing HeidiSQL backup. All backup operations with HeidiSQL must be made manually.

As an alternative, Handy Backup allows backing up MySQL, MS SQL and PostgreSQL data in automated mode, with task scheduling, cloud and hot backup, encryption, compression and other options. These features make Handy Backup a superior solution for database backup.

HeidiSQL automatic backup

Crucial Features of Handy Backup

  • Automation: Handy Backup will automatically find databases and tables on a selected server.
  • Scheduling: You can set up your task to run at an exact time and with an exactly defined interval.
  • Encryption: Use a built-in encryption tool or call an external program to encrypt your databases.
  • Partial backup: Full, incremental, differential and mixed backup, as well as saving data versions.
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