# Restoring the Console Database

You can restore any back up of a Console database as long as you have access to the backup file.
1. Stop Console.
> asctl console:stop
2. Restore the Console database.
• If you made a back up of the Console database with the asctl command, you can restore it with the following command:
> asctl -v console:restore_database C:\path\to\dir
For example:
> asctl -v console:restore_database C:\Program Files (x86)\Aspera\Management Console\backup\2013-1-16_164305
• If you made a back up of the Console database with the web UI, you can restore it with the following command:
> asctl -v console:restore C:\path\to\dir
For example:
> asctl -v console:restore C:\temp\console_full_backup_2013-1-16_00.57.28_UTC
Important: The restore command does not support relative paths to the backup directory. The path must be an absolute path in order for the restore command to work.
3. Start Console.
> asctl console:start