Backups and how to restore them

Backups are super important! Luckily Lexicon automatically creates backups before writing (syncing) to your DJ app.

This guide will help you figure out where Lexicon saves those backups and how to restore them.

Lexicon

Lexicon automatically makes backups of its own database before potentially dangerous actions, like:

  • Application updates
  • Importing from a DJ app
  • Relocating files

If you want to manually create a Lexicon database backup, you can do so from the top menu in Lexicon and choose Backup → Database Backup → Create Database Backup. This will save your database to a backup zip file.

Lexicon saves these backups to your Documents/Lexicon/Backups folder. On the Pro plan, you can upload a backup to the Lexicon cloud to keep it safe for you.

Restoring a Lexicon backup is easy. Go to the top menu in Lexicon and choose Backup → Database Backup → Restore Database Backup. Choose the database backup zip file and Lexicon will automatically restore it.

If you want to manually include the Lexicon database in your backup program, the only file you need to backup is the main.db file, it includes all your Lexicon data.
You can find it here:

Windows:
C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Lexicon\main.db

macOS:
/Users/user/Library/Application Support/Lexicon/main.db

Rekordbox

Lexicon makes a daily backup of your Rekordbox database before syncing. Only the first sync each day will create a new backup.

Note: Your beatgrids are not backed up. Beatgrids are inside the share folder and can be quite large for many tracks, so backing them up is not feasible.

You will find the backup zip files in the following location:

Windows:

C:\Users\user\AppData\Roaming\Pioneer\rekordbox\Lexicon

macOS:

/Users/user/Library/Pioneer/rekordbox/Lexicon

To restore a Rekordbox backup, extract one of the backup zip files and replace the master.db file in the rekordbox folder.

Traktor

Lexicon makes a daily backup of your Traktor database before syncing. Only the first sync each day will create a new backup.

You will find the backup zip files in the following location:

Windows:

C:\Users\user\Documents/Native Instruments/Traktor 3.5…\Lexicon

macOS:

/Users/user/Documents/Native Instruments/Traktor 3.5…/Lexicon

The 3.5… refers to your Traktor version. If you have multiple Traktor folders, you are probably using the highest version number.

Serato

Lexicon makes a daily backup of your Serato databases before syncing. Only the first sync each day will create a new backup.

Serato has an extra database for each external drive that contains music. Lexicon backs these up too. If you use an external drive, you need to restore these backups too.

You will find the backup zip files in the following location:

Windows:

C:\Users\user\Music\_Serato_\Lexicon

macOS:

/Users/user/Music/_Serato_/Lexicon

And on each external drive, there will be a _Serato_ folder as top most folder.

To restore a Serato backup, extract the contents of a backup zip in the corresponding parent _Serato_ folder.

VirtualDJ

Lexicon makes a daily backup of your VirtualDJ databases before syncing. Only the first sync each day will create a new backup.

VirtualDJ has an extra database for each external drive that contains music. Lexicon backs these up too. If you use an external drive, you need to restore these backups too.

You will find the backup zip files in the following location:

Windows:

C:\Users\user\Documents\VirtualDJ\Lexicon

macOS:

/Users/user/Documents/VirtualDJ/Lexicon

And on each external drive, there will be a VirtualDJ folder as top most folder.

To restore a VirtualDJ backup, extract the contents of a backup zip in the corresponding parent VirtualDJ folder.

Engine DJ

Lexicon makes a daily backup of your Engine databases before syncing. Only the first sync each day will create a new backup.

Engine has an extra database for each external drive that contains music. Lexicon backs these up too. If you use an external drive, you need to restore these backups too.

You will find the backup zip files in the following location:

Windows:

C:\Users\user\Music\Engine Library\Database2\Lexicon

macOS:

/Users/user/Music/Engine Library/Database2/Lexicon

And on each external drive, there will be an Engine Library folder as top most folder.

To restore an Engine backup, extract the contents of a backup zip in the corresponding parent Database2 folder.