# Migrating Sites with Site Export

This article will explain in detail how to use the UniFi Site Export and Import to quickly and easily export sites from one Controller (including configuration and devices) to another.



# Overview

The Site Export feature allows UniFi administrators (with Super Administrator roles only) to export sites from one UniFi Network Controller to be managed by another UniFi Network Controller. This was previously possible with manual configuration, but the wizard offers a more convenient, and user-friendly way to do this. This process can work to/from any type of UniFi Network Controller including locally hosted controllers, Cloud Keys, Dream Machines and UniFi Cloud Controllers as long as the new controller's version is the same or newer than the source controllers version.


The migration process is virtually seamless, with a downtime of about a minute as devices provision and a few minutes for devices to appear in the new controller when changing the "inform URL". The "Inform URL" is what tells your UniFi devices the location of their UniFi Network application controller.


# How to Migrate a Site

To get started, open the Controller and select the site using the site switcher in the top left.


  1. Go to Settings > System

  2. Click the "Export Site" link beside "Site Management"

  3. Click “Download the Site Export File” to download the file that contains the site configuration to be imported into the controller you are migrating to.

  4. Next, import this site into the new controller. Open the site selector in the top left and select the “Import Site” option:

  5. Enter a name for the the site. It does not have to match the original site name. Once the site has been named, select “Upload the Site Export File” and select the backup file that was just downloaded. Next, click "Import"

  6. Once the import has finished, go back to the controller you are exporting from and click "continue".

The following steps will migrate the devices. To do so:

  1. First, find the domain name of your new controller. In this case, the new controller has an hostname of example.cloudunifi.com. So that is what is entered into the "Hostname" input field. Leave the port as 8080.

  2. Next, select the devices that are to be migrated over by ticking the boxes next to each one, or select the entire list by ticking first checkbox.

  3. Click “Migrate devices” button.

  4. Verify that all devices are connected to the new controller and are visible on the devices page. Note this may take a few minutes. Once devices appear with a status of "Online" in the new controller site, you may select "forget devices" or click "skip" to close the dialogue box.

Once the site export wizard has completed with success, the devices will be configurable in the new controller. At this time, unless the site was a default site, it should be safe to remove the site from the previous controller.