MySQL is the most popular software in the world used for databases. Making sure that you have backups of your database is very important. This practice allows you to recover your database in the event of data loss. Data loss can occur with hardware failure, or software changes that break the database. You can restore your database anytime once you have a backup of it.
In this tutorial, we'll export a MySQL database using
The syntax for using the
mysqldump command for exporting a database is:
mysqldump -u username -p database > name.sql
You now have an SQL file with your whole database.
When something went wrong, we can restore our database easily. Simply log in to MySQL:
mysql -u username -p
Then, create a new database:
CREATE DATABASE newdb;
Then you can import the SQL file to the new database:
mysql -u username -p newdb < name.sql
Congratulations! You have now imported your SQL file to a new database!