What are the typical contents of the backup file generated by cPanel?

When you are in need of a quick backup of your website’s home directory you can generate one by going to the cPanel > Backup interface.

Guide: How do I download a backup of my home directory?

Once you have a backup on your local device, you need to uncompress the backup to interact with its contents. The typical contents of your backup includes the following files:

  • All of the files that you own.
  • Files that you do not own but can access.
A view of the backup folder generated by cPanel when you take a Home Directory Backup.

Note: Backup files do not include files from your /home directory that you do not own and cannot access.