Back up and Restore MySQL database from the command line

Backing up via the command line:

Type the following at the prompt with the appropriate USERNAME and DATABASE name:

mysqldump -u USERNAME -p DATABASE > dump.sql

You will be prompted for your database password and then the DATABASE will be dumped to a plain-text file called dump.sql.

Restoring via the command line:

First drop and recreate the database as needed:

Drop the database

mysqladmin -u USERNAME -p drop DATABASE

Recreate the database

mysqladmin -u USERNAME -p create DATABASE

Import the backup data

mysql -u USERNAME -p DATABASE < dump.sql

3 thoughts on “Back up and Restore MySQL database from the command line

  1. Your article are really awesome. Actually I was in search for some good articles on MySQL Database Backup file and finally I got one.
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    http://mindstick.com/Blog/239/How%20to%20Back%20Up%20and%20Restore%20a%20MySQL%20Database

    http://stackoverflow.com/questions/823841/mysql-backup-and-restore-from-command-line

    Thanks Everyone for your valuable post!

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