I've read how to, and successfully created and export of my configuration. The documentation says the exports can be downloaded via FTP, but provide no details.

Anybody know how to download an export?

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Since the '/export' command dumps the configuration to stdout, I do always backup my mikrotiks vía ssh this way:

 ~$ ssh admin@router /export > mikrotik.conf
  • This should work. If you have ftp configured as a service in mikrotik than you should be able to download this file. You can also get it via winbox.
    – Mehmet
    Dec 15, 2014 at 17:48
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    Wicked! I was logging in and running the /export command. Seems it doesn't output to stdout in that case. This is even better though, because I don't have to setup FTP on the Mikrotik, and it will be easy to script an external backup. Thank you! Dec 15, 2014 at 17:59

First off, the use of FTP is NOT recommended as your password is sent in cleartext, and anyone looking at your traffic can sniff it.

IF you want to use FTP, make sure it is enabled under IP > Services. Then go to your terminal, and export the file using the command export file=myname. The file will then be under the File menu as myname.rsc.

You then browse to your router's external IP address in a browser, or just in Windows Explorer, using ftp://XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX and log in. You will be able to Right click on the file and Save As to your computer.


A small addition:

You can actually use SFTP in case you are using ssh-keys to access the System. See the MikroTik wiki: https://wiki.mikrotik.com/wiki/Using_SSH_for_system_backup

Though not well documented, the Mikrotik supports sftp using the same ssh key system

Would be something like that (if you have a ssh-agent that handles the key):

sftp myuser@mymtik:todays_mtik.backup ./local_backup_dir/todays_mtik.backup

Or use the arguments -i or -oIdentityFile= to specify the ssh key you are using to connect:

sftp -i ~/.ssh/my-ssh-key myuser@mymtik:todays_mtik.backup ./local_backup_dir/todays_mtik.backup

  • Nice tip - upvote from me! Apr 25, 2020 at 19:33

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