Data Backup

PhraseExpress automatically creates backups of your data, depending if you use a phrase file or a SQL server.

  • PhraseExpress does not create backups of the SQL database! Please use the back system provided with your SQL server.
  • Frequently backup your phrase file/databases to external storage media.

Local phrase file

PhraseExpress automatically creates a backup of each phrase file change as configured in the PhraseExpress Settings » Phrase file.

To restore an earlier phrase file version :
  1. Open the main program window.
  2. Highlight the desired local phrase file node in the tree view.
  3. Click File » Restore from backup.
  4. Select the desired archive:

After confirmation, PhraseExpress restores the selected file version.

Manual backup restore

PhraseExpress stores backups in the directory defined in the backup settings which can be reviewed in the PhraseExpress Preferences under "Phrase file » Backup”.

Backups are created for each phrase file in separate subfolders, beginning with the phrase file name, followed by a random character sequence (Example: “/phrases_606775_Local”).

To manually restore a backup:
  1. Open the PhraseExpress backup folder. It contains several files with a time/date stamp in the file name.
  2. In Finder, sort the backup file folder by date.
  3. Review the file size of the files which gives you indication of the amount of contents. Small sizes such as 1KB indicates, that the file is empty.
  4. Copy the newest file with reasonable size to a file directory where you want to store your PhraseExpress phrase file.
  5. Remove the file extension “.bak” from the phrase file give it a reasonable name (e.g. rename from "01.07.2020 02-16-14.pxi.bak" to "phrases.pxi").
  6. Load or import the renamed phrase file in PhraseExpress.#

If phrases are synchronized with an iPhone/iPad by iCloud drive, the phrase file must be copied to the iCloud Drive PhraseExpress directory and renamed to "phrases.pxi" for the iOS device to recognize the file.

SQL server

If using a SQL server, PhraseExpress itself does not backup SQL databases.

However, the PhraseExpress client keeps the history of each phrase change, including a time/datestamp and name of the editor.

To restore earlier phrase contents:
  1. Open the main program window.
  2. Right-click the desired phrase in the tree view and select command "Restore earlier version" from the context menu.
  3. Select from the desired archived versions and review the real-time preview in the main program window.
  4. Confirm the restore action with OK.

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