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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?
For those who are interested in a solution for backing up and restoring information in Trello, check out Backups for Trello in the Power-Up marketplace.
With this Power-Up, you'll be able to go back in time and restore your boards to the way they were before something went wrong. We're excited to provide this relief to those who store mission-critical data in their account.
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My company Rewind.io 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if interested to have a discussion.
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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:
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.
FluentPro, the company I represent, offers a solution for automated Trello backup and restore. FluentPro Backup is a cloud-based platform that provides the following features:
FluentPro Backup helps companies minimize the risks of data loss due to human errors and eliminate its damaging consequences. It also allows users to reduce downtime caused by corrupted critical data with restoration in a few clicks.
Marketplace link here: https://trello.com/power-ups/632331322a025d03113ed62a/backuplabs-trello-backup.
Setup takes less than 5 minutes.
We can backup (and restore!) all your boards, lists, cards, attachments, custom fields, checklists and covers. You also have the ability to save your Trello data as a zip file back to your computer.
We welcome any feedback (good and bad) to ensure that we can make this product better for our users and this community.
@Simona It's a personal choice. Many companies risk losing tens of thousands of dollars if their business comes to a halt due to lost data. Spending a $1/board/month to protect thousands of dollars in revenue is a worthwhile cost for hundreds of companies using Backups for Trello.
Hi Alvaro, nope, I've been waiting for rewind.io to launch it all this time. No other solution except manually copying each list in the board. Let's hope that rewind.io come out soon, and inform me if you know anything, too.
Hey @[deleted] and @Alvaro_Sassano
Dasha from Rewind here! 👋🏼 I'm really happy to announce that our solution, Backups for Trello has launched in the Power-Up marketplace!
You can find it here: https://trello.com/power-ups/5f68db5b510db84238769710
Super stoked for you both to start your first automated backup of your Trello boards.