How do I import an SQL file using the command line in MySQL?


mysql -u username -p database_name < file.sql

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Note 1: It is better to use the full path of the SQL file file.sql.

Note 2: Use -R and --triggers to keep the routines and triggers of original database. They are not copied by default.

Note 3 You may have to create the (empty) database from MySQL if it doesn’t exist already and the exported SQL don’t contain CREATE DATABASE (exported with --no-create-db or -n option), before you can import it.

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