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RouterOS config backup tool

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Simple utility for backing up RouterOS configuration.


Create backup user account

It is recommended to create a dedicated user account with limited permissions for backup purposes. This user should have ssh and read permissions. Please check RouterOs manual if you are not sure how to do this.

Installation form PyPI:

pip3 install rosbackup


You can download the image from Docker Hub:

docker pull mharjac/rosbackup

Or build it on your own:

docker build -t rosbackup . -f docker/Dockerfile

Create a volume for storing backups:

docker volume create mikrotik-router-1

Create a container:

docker run -d --name=mikrotik-router-1 -e ROS_HOST="" -e ROS_USER="backusr" -e ROS_PASS="somesuperstrongpassword" --mount=src=mikrotik-router-1,dst=/backup rosbackup:latest

And finally, for unattended regular backups, create a cron job which will execute:

docker start mikrotik-router-1

Install from Snap Store

snap install rosbackup


It can be used as an interactive tool from CLI:

rosbackup -H -u user1 -p passw0rd -f ./backup.cfg

When used in CLI, it will prompt for password if -p (--password) flag is not provided. Also, without -f (--file) flag, config will be printed to the stdout.

It can also be used for unattended backups (e.g., in containers), in which case, it requires following environment variables:

  • ROS_HOST: for storing IP address or hostname (e.g.,
  • ROS_USER: username for making backups
  • ROS_PASS: password for provided username
  • ROS_DELAY: execution delay between commands (optional; required on older devices; default 5)
export ROS_HOST="" ROS_USER="user1" ROS_PASS="passw0rd" ROS_DELAY="3"

When executed in unattended mode, configuration backup will be saved in execution directory as config-{time_stamp}.cfg.

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