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How to Backup PostgreSQL Database Using Navicat Premium 12

Backup is an essential task that must be put into the first priority. When you don’t have a good backup, that also means you put your business in a risk situation. Anything can happen in the future without any notice. So, I always recommend my reader on this blog to perform routine backup. On this article, we are going to talk about PostgreSQL database backup. I am going to show you how to backup PostgreSQL Database Using Navicat Premium 12.

Why Navicat Premium 12?

Navicat Premium 12 is a fast, reliable and easy to use database tool you should have. It has all features you need to manage your database servers in easy manner. Perform database backup never been this easier before. The Navicat Premium 12 full version allows us to connect and manage multiple databases. Both locally or remotely.

Our Goal

After reading this tutorial, you will be able to perform PostgreSQL database backup using Navicat Premium 12. And, you can learn how to restore database from a backup file.

Lesson 1. Backup PostgreSQL Database using Navicat Premium 12 Full Version

I am using Navicat Premium 12 Full version. You can download the free trial version of this Navicat Premium 12 from this link. To backup a database, follow these steps.

  1. Connect PostgreSQL to Navicat. You will need to create a new connection if you haven’t connect your PostgreSQL to Navicat.
  2. Open the connection to the PostgreSQL Server
  3. Open the database you want to backup
  4. Click Backup | New Backup
  5. On the New Backup wizard, go to Object Selection. Select which objects you want to include in the backup.
  6. Click Start to start the backup process.
  7. Click Save to save the current backup configuration for future use

Watch the following video to backup a PostgreSQL Database on Navicat Premium 12

backup postgresql database using navicat premium

Lesson 2. How to Restore PostgreSQL Database using Navicat Premium 12

A backup is not a backup if we cannot restore it completely. After you perform the backup, now lets try to restore the backup. The following animated images show how to restore PostgreSQL database to another database. Restoring a database is as simple as backing up the database. But, if you have PostGIS extension enabled, be careful when using this method. In my own experiences, the backup and restore method on Navicat make my PostGIS database unreadable in my GIS application such as QGIS.


Navicat Premium 12 offers an easy way to perform backup and restore on PostgreSQL database. But, please beware of the PostGIS extension, if you may have. Do not use this method since it will break the spatial information in the database.

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