Why High Memory Consumption for Backup Service during Automatic Backup on Liferay Cloud


  • When an automatic backup is triggered by the system, the memory utilization (for backup service) is more than 80%. However, the backup service is working fine for both automatic and manual backups.
  • If the memory utilization is high then is there any issue or it's normal?


  • Liferay DXP 7.1
  • Liferay DXP 7.2
  • Liferay DXP 7.3
  • Liferay DXP 7.4


  • The backup service internally runs as a node.js application, and it's crafted in a way to avoid memory and CPU exhaustion during its operations (creation, deletion, restore, etc).
  • This service uses as much memory as it is given. If a maximum allowance of 1024MB is configured, it will use the same to optimize the file reading and writing.
  • The backup service reads and writes to the File System during backup creation and restoration.
  • The memory to be used for file caching probably depends on how many files are being read/written and the size of those files. Therefore an increase in backup size would directly increase the memory.
  • Additionally, this (backup service memory) is a reclaimable memory and high utilization of it should not be a concern. Also, the non-evictable memory used by the node.js process itself is quite low.

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