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How to backup and restore Vercel Postgres database


Vercel is a platform for hosting modern web apps like Next.js. And they provide a lot of services out of the box like storage, databases, etc. They also have a generous free plan.

Let's see how to back up and restore the database in Vercel.

Backup database using pg_dump

We'll be using pg_dump to perform a backup operation.

Make sure that you're using the same version of Postgres locally and also in Vercel platform

Get the connection string from your Vercel dashboard

pg_dump "postgresql://<username>:<password>" -F c -b -v -f <backup_file_name>.dump

Restore database using pg_restore

We'll be using pg_restore which we'll be able to restore the database using the dump that we've created using pg_dump and it comes preinstalled when you install the Postgres server locally.

Just run the following command:

pg_restore -d "postgresql://<username>:<password>" <backup_file_name>.dump

d or --dbname 👉 database name (and also connection string as well)

That's pretty much it.

Fun fact: Vercel DB is powered by

Happy backing up!