Moodle: Back up a course or site

Under the terms of our Moodle Policies, LITS will guarantee that course content remains available to Teachers for at least two years. If you need to move course materials from an old Moodle site (such as to a new Moodle site, or you want archival copies of your courses for long-term storage, you can create a course back-up file which you can download and store outside of Moodle.

By default, this Moodle Backup will contain all course activities, formatting, and resources (i.e., readings, files, links, etc.). It is saved in an .mbz file format that can only be opening by restoring it into another Moodle course.

Before you start, you may need access to the following:

  • a teacher role in a Bryn Mawr Moodle course (i.e., Instructor of record, Other editing teacher, Non-editing teacher)

Back up a course on (Fall 2017-Summer 2020 courses)

  1. Log into the course.
  2. Click on the gear icon (Actions menu) and select Backup.
    A Moodle course's main settings menu with the
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click Jump to Final Step.
    A checklist marking the options: Include question bank, Include groups and groupings, Include competencies. Below, three blue buttons that read: Jump to final step, Cancel, Next.
  4. On the Confirmation and Review page, you can rename the file to something more meaningful (optional). Scroll to the bottom of the page and click Perform Backup.
  5. When the backup is finished, you will see Backup completed successfully. Click Continue.
  6. Find the file you just created, and click Download.
    A screenshot of the Course Backup area, highlighting the option Download in red, to the right of the area.


If you have any additional questions or problems, don't hesitate to reach out to the Help Desk!

Phone: 610-526-7440 | Library and Help Desk hours
Email: help@brynmawr.eduService catalog
Location: Canaday Library 1st floor