The easiest way to import an .sql
file into MySQL
database is use phpMyAdmin
- Login into phpMyAdmin control panel
- Select your database
- Click on Import tab
- Select your .sql file, click Go and you are done
Problem with this is that PHP configuration normally limits size of files you can upload. There should be a notice on phpMyAdmin Import tab telling what's the maximum file size you can upload. If you exceed this limit you will get an error similar to:You probably tried to upload too large file. Please refer to documentation for ways to workaround this limit.
orNo data was received to import. Either no file name was submitted, or the file size exceeded the maximum size permitted by your PHP configuration.You have a few options to overcome this limitation:
Option 1 - Compress SQL file Compress you .sql
file using zip
method. SQL files basically are plain text files so they compress quite well. If you are still exceeding the limit use one of the other options.
Option 2 - Increase PHP file size limit Open your php.ini
file. If you not sure where your php.ini is located, check here
Find following linespost_max_sizeupload_max_filesize
and increase values to required size in MB. E.g.post_max_size = 10Mupload_max_filesize = 10M
Save the file and restart apache:/etc/init.d/apache2 restart
After import is completed you may want to restore original values.
Option 3 - use mysql command in terminal You can bypass phpMyAdmin altogether and do the import via terminal.
Upload your sql
file to the web server and run flowing command in terminal:mysql -u <username> -p <database> < /path/file.sql
- your MySQL username. e.g. root<database>
- database you are importing to/path/file.sql
- full path to your .sql file
It will prompt you for your MySQL password and complete the import.