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Originally from V-Nessa's site, I thought I would share the PHP script that I have now modified to include Secure Copy (SCP) support.


// PHP script to allow periodic cPanel backups automatically.

// Permissions on this file should be 600 

// Place outside your public_html 

// Crontab:  30 3 * * * /usr/local/bin/php /home/username/cpanel_backup.php

// ********* Configuration *********

// Info required for cPanel access

$cpuser = "username"; // Username used to login to CPanel

$cppass = "password"; // Password used to login to CPanel

$domain = ""; // Domain name where CPanel is run

$skin = "x3"; // Set to cPanel skin you use (script won't work if it doesn't match)

// Info required for SCP host

$ftpuser = "scpuser"; // Username for SCP account

$ftppass = "scppass"; // Password for SCP account

$ftphost = ""; // Full hostname or IP address for SCP host

$port = "22";

$ftpmode = "scp"; // FTP mode ("ftp" for active, "passiveftp" for passive, "scp" for scp)
$rdir = "/home/yourusername/Backup/";
 // make sure this folder exists on the destination host

// Notification information

$notifyemail = ""; // Email address to send results

// Secure or non-secure mode

$secure = 0; // Set to 1 for SSL (requires SSL support), otherwise will use standard HTTP

// Set to 1 to have web page result appear in your cron log

$debug = 1;

// *********** Don't Touch!! *********

if ($secure) {

   $url = "ssl://".$domain;

   $port = 2083;

} else {

   $url = $domain;

   $port = 2082;


$socket = fsockopen($url,$port);

if (!$socket) { echo "Failed to open socket connection... Bailing out!\n"; exit; }

// Encode authentication string

$authstr = $cpuser.":".$cppass;

$pass = base64_encode($authstr);

$params = "dest=$ftpmode&rdir=$rdir&email=$notifyemail&server=$ftphost&port=$port&user=$ftpuser&pass=$ftppass&submit=Generate Backup";

// Make POST to cPanel

fputs($socket,"POST /frontend/".$skin."/backup/dofullbackup.html?".$params." HTTP/1.0\r\n");

fputs($socket,"Host: $domain\r\n");

fputs($socket,"Authorization: Basic $pass\r\n");

fputs($socket,"Connection: Close\r\n");


// Grab response even if we don't do anything with it.

while (!feof($socket)) {

  $response = fgets($socket,4096);

  if ($debug) echo $response;




If you need help with usage, it's exactly the same as in V_Nessa's original post, so read there, but now supports copying to a remote host over SSH.