Add / Import .SQL file To MySQL Database Server

Posted: October 13, 2012 in MYSQL, Php

How do I import a MySQL .SQL text file to MySQL database sever using command line or gui tools?

You can import a MySQL script (or .sql) file into MySQL server using

  1. Unix / Linux shell prompt.
  2. phpMyAdmin web based gui tool.

Unix / Linux shell prompt example

Copy a .sql file to a remote server using sftp or scp client:
$ scp foo.sql vivek@serer1.cyberciti.biz:~/
Login into a remote server using ssh client:
$ ssh vivek@server1.cyberciti.biz
Type the following command to import a .sql file:

 
mysql -u USERNAME -p -h localhost YOUR-DATA-BASE-NAME-HERE < YOUR-.SQL.FILE-NAME-HERE

In this example, import a ‘foo.sql’ file into ‘bar’ database using vivek as username:

 
mysql -u vivek -p -h localhost bar < foo.sql

phpMyAdmin

Login to phpMyAdmin. Open a web-browser and type phpMyAdmin url:
http://server1.cyberciti.biz/phpmyadmin/
In phpMyAdmin, choose the database you intend to work with from the database menu list (located on the left side).

phpMyAdmin Database SelectionFig.01: phpMyAdmin Database Selection

Choose the IMPORT tab > Click on Browse your computer “Choose file” > Select file > Choose Ok > Choose Go

phpMyAdmin Importing .SQL FileFig.02: phpMyAdmin Importing .SQL File

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