Backup All Amazon Route53 Zones

July 30, 2020

Recently I needed to backup all of our Amazon Route53 Zones.

Here is a script I put together

# Original script written by Tomas (
# Modified by Steve Stonebraker (


mkdir -p "$BACKUP_PATH" 2> /dev/null

# get a list of all hosted zones
cli53 list > "$ZONES_FILE" 2>&1

# get a list of domain names only

awk '{ print $1 }' "$ZONES_FILE" > "$DNS_FILE"

# create backup files for each domain
while read -r line; do
        cli53 export --full "$line" > "$line.bak"
done < "$DNS_FILE"

# create an archive to put on S3
tar cvfz "$BACKUP_PATH.tgz" "$BACKUP_PATH"

exit 0