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Backup Route53 Hosted Zone Actions
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Written by Matt Houser
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The Backup Route 53 Hosted Zone action will backup a Route 53 Hosted Zone and save it to an Amazon S3 bucket. The zone can be saved in different formats, including XML, JSON, and BIND.

If both a public and a private hosted zone exists for the same hosted zone name, then only the public hosted zone will be exported.


Please see Common Action Settings for a description of settings common to all action types.

Hosted Zone

Indicates the name of the Route 53 Hosted Zone to be backed up. Inclusion of the trailing '.' is optional.

Bucket Name

Indicates the name of the bucket to save the hosted zone to.

Object Key (file name)

Indicates the Amazon S3 object key (also known as the file name). Macros can be used to substitute run-time data, see below.

Export Format

Indicate the format of the backed up hosted zone. Currently, three options exist:

  • XML - The data will be stored to an XML file

  • JSON - The data will be stored to a JSON file

  • Bind - The data will be stored in BIND format (used by some other name servers)


The following macros can be used to include some run-time information.


Date of backup in year-month-day format


Time of backup in 24-hour format


Name of the hosted zone. The trailing '.' will be removed.


Unique identifier of the host zone.


The hosted zone's type: public or private.

Macros are case-sensitive. For example, $(Time) is not valid. $(TIME) must be used.

Amazon Commands Used

The following Amazon AWS commands are used. The access key should have permission to execute all of them.

  • route53:ListHostedZones

  • route53:ListResourceRecordSets

  • s3:PutObject

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