Managed Service for TimescaleDB databases are automatically backed up, with full backups daily, and write-ahead log (WAL) continuously recorded. All backups are encrypted.

Managed Service for TimescaleDB uses pghoard, a PostgreSQL backup daemon and restore tool, to store backup data in cloud object stores. The number of backups stored and the retention time of the backup depend on the service plan.


The size of logical backups can be different from the size of the Managed Service for TimescaleDB backup that appears on the web console. In some cases, the difference is significant. Backup sizes that appear in the Managed Service for TimescaleDB web console are for daily backups, before encryption and compression. To view the size of each database, including space consumed by indexes, you can use the \l+ command at the psql prompt.

The two types of backups are binary backups and logical backups. Full backups are version-specific binary backups which, when combined with WAL, allow consistent recovery to a point in time (PITR). You can create a logical backup with the pg_dump command.

This table lists the differences between binary and logical backups when backing up indexes, transactions, and data:

indexcontains all data from indexesdoes not contain index data, it contains only queries used to recreate indexes from other data
transactionscontains uncommitted transactionsdoes not contain uncommitted transactions
datacontains deleted and updated rows which have not been cleaned up by PostgreSQL VACUUM process, and all databases, including templatesdoes not contain any data already deleted, and depending on the options given, the output might be compressed

Managed Service for TimescaleDB provides a point-in-time recovery (PITR). To restore your service from a backup, click the Restore button in the Backups tab for your service. The backups are taken automatically by Managed Service for TimescaleDB and retained for a few days depending on your plan type.

Plan typeBackup retention period
Dev1 day
Basic2 days
Pro3 days

You can use pg_dump to create a backup manually. The pg_dump command allows you to create backups that can be directly restored elsewhere if required.

Typical parameters for the command pg_dump include:


The pg_dump command can also be run against one of the standby nodes. For example, use this command to create a backup in directory format using two concurrent jobs. The results are stored to a directory named backup:

pg_dump 'postgres://tsdbadmin:[email protected]:26882/defaultdb?sslmode=require' -f backup -j 2 -F directory

You can put all backup files to single tar file and upload to Amazon S3. For example:

export BACKUP_NAME=backup-date -I.tartar -cf $BACKUP_NAME backup/s3cmd put $BACKUP_NAME s3://pg-backups/$BACKUP_NAME


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