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Development Tools Database Foundations Securing and Maintaining a MySQL Database Backing up and Restoring Databases

Pavle Lucic
Pavle Lucic
10,801 Points

What is the purpose of mysqldump?

I really dont understand what is mysqldump and what is its purpose and functions?

1 Answer

Sam Cooper
Sam Cooper
502 Points

Hi Pavle,

In answer to your question, mysqldump is usually used to 'dump' a database or a collection of databases for backup or transfer to another SQL server.

The dump typically contains SQL statements to create the table, populate it, or both. However, mysqldump can also be used to generate files in CSV, other delimited text, or XML format.

A common use case for me as a front end developer it to 'dump' a local database into a .sql file for me to import/upload to a staging or live environment. Using Terminal that might look like this:

// move to the correct folder on my local machine
cd /applications/MAMP/library/bin
// perform a mysqldump to dump my database into a file for use in a different environment
./mysqldump -u root -p my_database_name > /Applications/MAMP/htdocs/folder_name/exported_db.sql

I hope that helps!

Kind Regards, Sam