This tutorial shows you how to backup and restore Betaflight settings. It’s important to always back up your Betaflight config before updating FC firmware because it can erase your previous settings.
I also recommend backing up before making any big changes in case you mess something up, you could always go back. Check out my other Betaflight tutorials.
You will need to download Betaflight Configurator first.
For Betaflight 4.3 and Newer
In the Presets tab, you have the option to “Save backup”, it will save it in a text file. The result is the same as entering “diff all” in CLI. To restore it, simply use the Load backup button.
This makes backing up your settings so much easier.
For Betaflight 4.2 and Older
For Betaflight 4.2 and older versions, you need to backup Betaflight using CLI commands.
Go to the CLI tab and enter
This will display all the settings in Betaflight. There are a few hundreds of lines and it can be overwhelming, so you can also use this command
This will only show you settings that are different from the default values, which is way easier to swallow. See this article to see why you should use “diff” rather than “dump”.
However one advantage to the command “dump” is that you get to keep the original default values, because the default values might change form version to version.
Regardless which command you use, now copy the result in the CLI, and paste it in a plain text file.
To restore the backup from CLI, simply copy the text file, and paste it in the CLI, type in “save” and hit Enter.
It’s also a good idea to take some screenshots of each page, it’s easy to look up a particular settings with images than scrolling through CLI codes.
- Sep 2018 – tutorial created
- Feb 2022 – updated for Betaflight 4.3