How to Backup and Recover a MediaMonkey Library

The MediaMonkey database contains a lot of valuable information about your media library. Some data, like tags, are saved to the files (depending on settings and tag support for the file format), while other data like Playlists, play history, podcast subscriptions, device profiles, etc. are only stored in the database. We recommend to regularly backup the database (best practice is to a different drive or a cloud service) in case the drive your database is located on fails or the database becomes corrupted.


To backup your library:

  1. Backup the MediaMonkey database file:
    1. In MediaMonkey 5 use File > Manage Database from the Main Menu to setup automatic backups.
    2. In all MediaMonkey versions you can manually or via backup software backup the database file (mm.db) by creating a copy of it.
  2. Backup all of your media files

hint: You canĀ change MediaMonkey’s default database location to one that is automatically backed up by your backup software.


To recover your library:

  1. Install a copy of MediaMonkey to the new hard drive or PC. Don’t start MediaMonkey after installation completes.
    Important: if already have MediaMonkey on the drive and Folder Monitoring is enabled, disable it (otherwise you’ll end up with duplicates).
  2. Copy all of your media files to the new drive
  3. When MediaMonkey isn’t running, copy your backup database to the default database location.
  4. Start MediaMonkey. At this point, your database should appear–if not, it means that MediaMonkey is not using your database backup and likely created a new empty database. You’ll have to close MediaMonkey and replace the empty database with your backup.
  5. Once your database is visible in MediaMonkey, it’s likely that most of the media entries point to different folders or a different drive altogether, and the tracks will grey out on any attempt to play them. To correct this, see step 3.5 at: Why is Music Greyed Out / Fails to Play?

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