Information for: DEVELOPERS   PARTNERS

Exporting an application from Acquia Cloud

Acquia Cloud is an open software-as-a-service (SaaS) platform that doesn’t lock in your application. You can export the whole application—code, themes, database, and files—at any time to a site archive file, which you can then use to host your application locally, or use another hosting service.

One easy way to make a local, running copy of your website is with Acquia Dev Desktop. Read the Acquia Dev Desktop documentation, especially Starting with an Acquia Cloud site, for information about how to do this.


Acquia doesn’t recommend using the Backup and Migrate module with Acquia Cloud. Learn more.

Exporting an application using Drush

The following instructions are incompatible with Drush 9, or websites built with Acquia Lightning.

You can also use the Drush command line tool to create a portable site archive file, which you can then install on a different hosting platform if you want. The site archive file created during the export process includes your databases, themes, content, modules, website and module configuration settings, and users. To create a site archive file:

  1. Connect to your server with SSH.

  2. Run a command similar to the following:

    drush @site.env archive-dump --destination=mysite.tar.gz

    where [site] is the name of your application on Acquia Cloud, [env] is the Acquia Cloud environment (one of prod, test, or dev), and the --destination argument is the location where you want the site archive file created.

You can then use scp or another similar tool to download the site archive file.