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 your LITS liaison. If you fear you have made a mistake while restoring, please contact your liaison 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 one, follow the instructions in Creating A Course Backup File.

A course backup file (.mbz) may be restored to within any of your existing courses: 
  1. Go to Administration > Course administration > Restore (if you have an empty course to restore into). 
  2. Upload the backup file 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 the course should be restored as a new course or into an existing course then click the Continue button 
  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


Restoring from course and category management screen: 

Restoring a course from within your course site: