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How do I back up and restore my Trello Boards?


I ran into an issue a month or 2 back where the descriptions on all of my cards in one of my boards were corrupted and I lost a significant amount of data and time to restore everything.  Since then I have been wondering about the ability to create a backup file of my Trello boards, preferably one board at a time and save those on my PC.  This is something I could do weekly in case another unforeseen major disaster strikes one of my boards.  It was suggested that I export my boards to JSON which I was able to do.  As a result I got a huge web page with JSON gibberish.  So far so good.

The problem is that none of the instructions say anything about what to do with this data. Nor how to import this back into Trello if you wanted to restore a Board to a earlier condition using the saved JSON file.  Does anyone out there know how to do this?


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Hi Sierk

When exporting to JSON, you need also to convert that JSON to a CSV file.  There's instruction at the bottom of this page.  Essentially, this export will be a reference guide for you, but there's not a way to import that back into Trello to recreate data.

What I practice, and suggest, is simply to make copies of your boards periodically (once a week, every other week, etc.). This way, if for some reason your board becomes corrupt, you can simply use the copied board.  To keep track of them, I just add "backup" to the end of the board title ie: Main Board becomes Main Board Backup.

I hope this helps!

Thanks Matthew for your response.  It is a suitable answer to the problem though it has a couple of weaknesses:

  • First, your search results are now multiplied by two.  Since I rely heavily on the search tool the annoyance of having every card show up twice will take some getting used to.
  • Your boards are still vulnerable to loss of data.  The incident that prompted me to look into this was a corruption of an entire board.  I do not know for sure but I can imagine that the problem I reported could easily have affected both the primary board and it's copy.  
  • The board I copied has somewhere between 130 and 150 cards and it took about 30 - 40 minutes to copy the board.  This was at work where I have access to high-speed internet. 

I am not quite ready to close this discussion.  If there is anyone else with any suggestions I would love to hear them.

Sorry so if there is some sort of corrupted element in one of my boards that erases all comments of a card that i have been working on for a year, is there anyway to back up that card so i don't lose all the comments? My team put significant amount of important comments in cards i plan to be able to look back at in a few years for a post mortem so can't risk losing this data. 

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Yes please for feature which provides restoring from JSON file. At this point, there are a few options for backup, but not a single one for restornig (at least known to me). It looks like for now, backuping is quite pointless.

My company has had some requests from our customers to extend our automated backup and rollback capabilities to Trello (and Atlassian in general). We would really like to understand the use cases that users in the ecosystem have. I've seen Trello used in lots of different contexts so understanding the use cases for backup, versioning and rollback scenarios, and any recommendations on how to prioritize to best serve the community would be really helpful!  Message me anytime at if interested to have a discussion. 

For reference - Rewind is a leader in backup/rollback for cloud apps like Shopify, Quickbooks and MailChimp. Over 20,000 customers have trusted Rewind to backup their critical data including Shopify's largest customers and brands like Hasbro and P&G.  

This GitHub project seems to do the trick for backup to JSON files.

Not sure how to Restore any of that data though. That would be a nice feature.

I know that this is not a good enough solution, but I have tried saving the Trello board with the web browser "save as" functionality, and the hard copy that results, at least shows the cards and its text. I wonder if this is helpful. 

Hi, have you guys found a solution on this backup and restore or not?
I checked and they have not launched this product yet.

Hi, Agus!! Do you kwon when are going to launch?? Or other solution??

Thanks guys

Hi Alvaro, nope, I've been waiting for to launch it all this time. No other solution except manually copying each list in the board. Let's hope that come out soon, and inform me if you know anything, too.

Thanks guys

Hi Agus, let's hope they get it out soon. A query, how do I copy the comments when copying the board? Because I did the test of copying a board and it does not copy the comments of the cards, which generally have a lot of information.

Thank you very much!!

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