Quickly download the Magento 2 media folder with rsync
Downloading the media folder via SFTP can take hours. Fortunately, with rsync you can do this done easliy - and fast. All you need is the terminal and a working SSH connection to the server.
Step 1: create a bash script to download Magento 2 media
This command line script will download the entire Magento 2 media folder in seconds, and exclude the dreaded cache and tmp folders. You can use it to download a media folder to your local filesystem or sync media folders between servers.
Create a rsync_media.sh file in the root of your Magento 2 project. Make sure to set the variables under 1, 2 and 3.
#!/usr/bin/env bash # Download all media from the production server, except for cached files.
# SET VARIABLES HERE
# 1. SSH connection
# 2. Paths. Include a trailing slash!
# 3. Paths and files to exclude, separated by a space. You can also include files
EXCLUDED_FILES="catalog/product/cache images/cache sitemap tmp"
# DO NOT EDIT BELOW THIS POINT
printf '%s\n' $EXCLUDED_FILES > $EXCLUDED_FILES_FILENAME rsync -arve "ssh -p $SSH_PORT -i $SSH_PRIVATE_KEY" $SSH_USER@$SSH_HOST:$REMOTE_PATH $LOCAL_PATH --exclude-from $EXCLUDED_FILES_FILENAME
Step 2: run the bash script you just created
- Open your terminal.
- Cd to the folder that contains script rsync_media.sh.
- Run sh rsync_media.sh
- The script will output
receiving file list...
- After that, any files that are not yet local will be downloaded. Typical output is:
receiving file list … done
sent 2593 bytes received 10679999 bytes 1942289.45 bytes/sec
total size is 6291331341 speedup is 588.93
Of course, you can adjust the script to download an entire Magento 2 shop from the server.