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The mysqldump client is a backup program originally written by Igor Romanenko. It can be used to dump a database or a collection of databases for backup or transfer to another SQL server (not necessarily a MySQL 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.
If you are doing a backup on the server and your tables all are
MyISAM tables, consider using the mysqlhotcopy instead because it can accomplish faster backups and faster restores. See Section 8.14, “mysqlhotcopy — A Database Backup Program”.
There are three general ways to invoke mysqldump:
If you do not name any tables following
db_name or if you use the
--all-databases option, entire databases are dumped.
To get a list of the options your version of mysqldump supports, execute mysqldump --help.
Some mysqldump options are shorthand for groups of other options.
--compact fall into this category. For example, use of
--opt is the same as specifying
--add-drop-table --add-locks --create-options --disable-keys --extended-insert --lock-tables --quick --set-charset. Note that as of MySQL 5.1, all of the options that
--opt stands for also are on by default because
--opt is on by default.
To reverse the effect of a group option, uses its
--skip- form (
--skip-compact). It is also possible to select only part of the effect of a group option by following it with options that enable or disable specific features. Here are some examples:
To select the effect of
--opt except for some features, use the
--skip option for each feature. For example, to disable extended inserts and memory buffering, use
--opt --skip-extended-insert --skip-quick. (As of MySQL 5.1,
--skip-extended-insert --skip-quick is sufficient because
--opt is on by default.)
--opt for all features except index disabling and table locking, use
--skip-opt --disable-keys --lock-tables.
When you selectively enable or disable the effect of a group option, order is important because options are processed first to last. For example,
--disable-keys --lock-tables --skip-opt would not have the intended effect; it is the same as
--skip-opt by itself.
mysqldump can retrieve and dump table contents row by row, or it can retrieve the entire content from a table and buffer it in memory before dumping it. Buffering in memory can be a problem if you are dumping large tables. To dump tables row by row, use the
--quick option (or
--opt, which enables
--opt (and hence
--quick) is enabled by default as of MySQL 5.1 to enable memory buffering, use
If you are using a recent version of mysqldump to generate a dump to be reloaded into a very old MySQL server, you should not use the
--extended-insert option. Use
mysqldump supports the following options:
Display a help message and exit.
DROP DATABASE statement before each
CREATE DATABASE statement.
DROP TABLE statement before each
CREATE TABLE statement.
Surround each table dump with
LOCK TABLES and
UNLOCK TABLES statements. This results in faster inserts when the dump file is reloaded. See Section 7.2.17, “Speed of
Dump all tables in all databases. This is the same as using the
--databases option and naming all the databases on the command line.
Adds to a table dump all SQL statements needed to create any tablespaces used by an
NDB Cluster table. This information is not otherwise included in the output from mysqldump. This option is currently relevant only to MySQL Cluster tables.
This option was added in MySQL 5.1.6.
Allow creation of column names that are keywords. This works by prefixing each column name with the table name.
The directory where character sets are installed. See Section 5.10.1, “The Character Set Used for Data and Sorting”.
Write additional information in the dump file such as program version, server version, and host. This option is enabled by default. To suppress this additional information, use
Produce less verbose output. This option suppresses comments and enables the
Produce output that is more compatible with other database systems or with older MySQL servers. The value of
name can be
no_field_options. To use several values, separate them by commas. These values have the same meaning as the corresponding options for setting the server SQL mode. See Section 5.2.6, “SQL Modes”.
This option does not guarantee compatibility with other servers. It only enables those SQL mode values that are currently available for making dump output more compatible. For example,
--compatible=oracle does not map data types to Oracle types or use Oracle comment syntax.
INSERT statements that include column names.
Compress all information sent between the client and the server if both support compression.
Include all MySQL-specific table options in the
CREATE TABLE statements.
Dump several databases. Normally, mysqldump treats the first name argument on the command line as a database name and following names as table names. With this option, it treats all name arguments as database names.
CREATE DATABASE and
USE statements are included in the output before each new database.
Write a debugging log. The
debug_options string is often
'd:t:o,. The default value is
charset_name as the default character set. See Section 5.10.1, “The Character Set Used for Data and Sorting”. If no character set is specified, mysqldump uses
INSERT DELAYED statements rather than
On a master replication server, delete the binary logs after performing the dump operation. This option automatically enables
For each table, surround the
INSERT statements with
/*!40000 ALTER TABLE and
tbl_name DISABLE KEYS */;
/*!40000 ALTER TABLE statements. This makes loading the dump file faster because the indexes are created after all rows are inserted. This option is effective for
tbl_name ENABLE KEYS */;
MyISAM tables only.
Dump events from the dumped databases. This option was added in MySQL 5.1.8.
INSERT syntax that include several
VALUES lists. This results in a smaller dump file and speeds up inserts when the file is reloaded.
These options are used with the
-T option and have the same meaning as the corresponding clauses for
LOAD DATA INFILE. See Section 13.2.5, “
LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax”.
Deprecated. Now renamed to
Flush the MySQL server log files before starting the dump. This option requires the
RELOAD privilege. Note that if you use this option in combination with the
-A) option, the logs are flushed for each database dumped. The exception is when using
--master-data: In this case, the logs are flushed only once, corresponding to the moment that all tables are locked. If you want your dump and the log flush to happen at exactly the same moment, you should use
--flush-logs together with either
FLUSH PRIVILEGES statement after dumping the
mysql database. This option should be used any time the dump contains the
mysql database and any other database that depends on the data in the
mysql database for proper restoration. This option was added in MySQL 5.1.12.
Continue even if an SQL error occurs during a table dump.
One use for this option is to cause mysqldump to continue executing even when it encounters a view that has become invalid because the defintion refers to a table that has been dropped. Without
--force, mysqldump exits with an error message. With
--force, mysqldump prints the error message, but it also writes a SQL comment containing the view definition to the dump output and continues executing.
Dump data from the MySQL server on the given host. The default host is
Dump binary columns using hexadecimal notation (for example,
0x616263). The affected data types are
Do not dump the given table, which must be specified using both the database and table names. To ignore multiple tables, use this option multiple times.
INSERT statements with the
This option is used with the
-T option and has the same meaning as the corresponding clause for
LOAD DATA INFILE. See Section 13.2.5, “
LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax”.
Lock all tables across all databases. This is achieved by acquiring a global read lock for the duration of the whole dump. This option automatically turns off
Lock all tables before dumping them. The tables are locked with
READ LOCAL to allow concurrent inserts in the case of
MyISAM tables. For transactional tables such as
--single-transaction is a much better option, because it does not need to lock the tables at all.
Please note that when dumping multiple databases,
--lock-tables locks tables for each database separately. Therefore, this option does not guarantee that the tables in the dump file are logically consistent between databases. Tables in different databases may be dumped in completely different states.
Write the binary log filename and position to the output. This option requires the
RELOAD privilege and the binary log must be enabled. If the option value is equal to 1, the position and filename are written to the dump output in the form of a
CHANGE MASTER statement. If the dump is from a master server and you use it to set up a slave server, the
CHANGE MASTER statement causes the slave to start from the correct position in the master's binary logs. If the option value is equal to 2, the
CHANGE MASTER statement is written as an SQL comment. (This is the default action if
value is omitted.)
--master-data option automatically turns off
--lock-tables. It also turns on
--single-transaction also is specified (in which case, a global read lock is acquired only for a short time at the beginning of the dump. See also the description for
--single-transaction. In all cases, any action on logs happens at the exact moment of the dump.
INSERT statements for each dumped table within
SET AUTOCOMMIT=0 and
This option suppresses the
CREATE DATABASE statements that are otherwise included in the output if the
--all-databases option is given.
Do not write
CREATE TABLE statements that re-create each dumped table.
Do not write any table row information (that is, do not dump table contents). This is very useful if you want to dump only the
CREATE TABLE statement for the table.
This option is shorthand; it is the same as specifying
--add-drop-table --add-locks --create-options --disable-keys --extended-insert --lock-tables --quick --set-charset. It should give you a fast dump operation and produce a dump file that can be reloaded into a MySQL server quickly.
--opt option is enabled by default. Use
--skip-opt to disable it. See the discussion at the beginning of this section for information about selectively enabling or disabling certain of the options affected by
Sorts each table's rows by its primary key, or by its first unique index, if such an index exists. This is useful when dumping a
MyISAM table to be loaded into an
InnoDB table, but will make the dump itself take considerably longer.
The password to use when connecting to the server. If you use the short option form (
-p), you cannot have a space between the option and the password. If you omit the
password value following the
-p option on the command line, you are prompted for one.
Specifying a password on the command line should be considered insecure. See Section 5.8.6, “Keeping Your Password Secure”.
The TCP/IP port number to use for the connection.
The connection protocol to use.
This option is useful for dumping large tables. It forces mysqldump to retrieve rows for a table from the server a row at a time rather than retrieving the entire row set and buffering it in memory before writing it out.
Quote database, table, and column names within ‘
`’ characters. If the
ANSI_QUOTES SQL mode is enabled, names are quoted within ‘
"’ characters. This option is enabled by default. It can be disabled with
--skip-quote-names, but this option should be given after any option such as
--compatible that may enable
REPLACE statements rather than
INSERT statements. Available as of MySQL 5.1.3.
Direct output to a given file. This option should be used on Windows to prevent newline ‘
\n’ characters from being converted to ‘
\r\n’ carriage return/newline sequences. The result file is created and its contents overwritten, even if an error occurs while generating the dump. The previous contents are lost.
Dump stored routines (functions and procedures) from the dumped databases. Use of this option requires the
SELECT privilege for the
mysql.proc table. The output generated by using
CREATE PROCEDURE and
CREATE FUNCTION statements to re-create the routines. However, these statements do not include attributes such as the routine creation and modification timestamps. This means that when the routines are reloaded, they will be created with the timestamps equal to the reload time.
If you require routines to be re-created with their original timestamp attributes, do not use
--routines. Instead, dump and reload the contents of the
mysql.proc table directly, using a MySQL account that has appropriate privileges for the
This option was added in MySQL 5.1.2. Before that, stored routines are not dumped. Routine
DEFINER values are not dumped until MySQL 5.1.8. This means that before 5.1.8, when routines are reloaded, they will be created with the definer set to the reloading user. If you require routines to be re-created with their original definer, dump and load the contents of the
mysql.proc table directly as described earlier.
SET NAMES to the output. This option is enabled by default. To suppress the
SET NAMES statement, use
This option issues a
BEGIN SQL statement before dumping data from the server. It is useful only with transactional tables such as
InnoDB, because then it dumps the consistent state of the database at the time when
BEGIN was issued without blocking any applications.
When using this option, you should keep in mind that only
InnoDB tables are dumped in a consistent state. For example, any
MEMORY tables dumped while using this option may still change state.
This option is not supported for MySQL Cluster tables; the results cannot be guaranteed to be consistent due to the fact that the
NDBCluster storage engine supports only the
READ_COMMITTED transaction isolation level. You should always use
NDB backup and restore instead.
--single-transaction option and the
--lock-tables option are mutually exclusive, because
LOCK TABLES causes any pending transactions to be committed implicitly.
To dump large tables, you should combine this option with
See the description for the
For connections to
localhost, the Unix socket file to use, or, on Windows, the name of the named pipe to use.
See the description for the
Options that begin with
--ssl specify whether to connect to the server via SSL and indicate where to find SSL keys and certificates. See Section 18.104.22.168, “SSL Command Options”.
Produce tab-separated data files. For each dumped table, mysqldump creates a
file that contains the
CREATE TABLE statement that creates the table, and a
file that contains its data. The option value is the directory in which to write the files.
By default, the
.txt data files are formatted using tab characters between column values and a newline at the end of each line. The format can be specified explicitly using the
Note: This option should be used only when mysqldump is run on the same machine as the mysqld server. You must have the
FILE privilege, and the server must have permission to write files in the directory that you specify.
-B option. mysqldump regards all name arguments following the option as table names.
Dump triggers for each dumped table. This option is enabled by default; disable it with
SET TIME_ZONE='+00:00' to the dump file so that
TIMESTAMP columns can be dumped and reloaded between servers in different time zones. Without this option,
TIMESTAMP columns are dumped and reloaded in the time zones local to the source and destination servers, which can cause the values to change.
--tz-utc also protects against changes due to daylight saving time.
--tz-utc is enabled by default. To disable it, use
--skip-tz-utc. This option was added in MySQL 5.1.2.
The MySQL username to use when connecting to the server.
Verbose mode. Print more information about what the program does.
Display version information and exit.
Dump only rows selected by the given
WHERE condition. Quotes around the condition are mandatory if it contains spaces or other characters that are special to your command interpreter.
--where="user='jimf'" -w"userid>1" -w"userid
Write dump output as well-formed XML.
'NULL', and Empty Values: For some column named
NULL value, an empty string, and the string value
'NULL' are distinguished from one another in the output generated by this option as follows:
Beginning with MySQL 5.1.12, the output from the mysql client when run using the
--xml option also follows these rules. (See Section 8.8.1, “mysql Options”.)
Beginning with MySQL 5.1.18, XML output from mysqldump includes the XML namespace, as shown here:
mysqldump --xml -u root world City
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4079 Rafah PSE Rafah 92020
You can also set the following variables by using
The maximum size of the buffer for client/server communication. The maximum is 1GB.
The initial size of the buffer for client/server communication. When creating multiple-row-insert statements (as with option
--opt), mysqldump creates rows up to
net_buffer_length length. If you increase this variable, you should also ensure that the
net_buffer_length variable in the MySQL server is at least this large.
It is also possible to set variables by using
-O syntax. This syntax is deprecated.
The most common use of mysqldump is probably for making a backup of an entire database:
You can read the dump file back into the server like this:
Or like this:
mysql -e "source
mysqldump is also very useful for populating databases by copying data from one MySQL server to another:
db_name| mysql --host=
It is possible to dump several databases with one command:
db_name2...] > my_databases.sql
To dump all databases, use the
mysqldump --all-databases > all_databases.sql
mysqldump provides a way of making an online backup:
mysqldump --all-databases --single-transaction > all_databases.sql
This backup just needs to acquire a global read lock on all tables (using
FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK) at the beginning of the dump. As soon as this lock has been acquired, the binary log coordinates are read and the lock is released. If and only if one long updating statement is running when the
FLUSH statement is issued, the MySQL server may get stalled until that long statement finishes, and then the dump becomes lock-free. If the update statements that the MySQL server receives are short (in terms of execution time), the initial lock period should not be noticeable, even with many updates.
For point-in-time recovery (also known as “roll-forward,” when you need to restore an old backup and replay the changes that happened since that backup), it is often useful to rotate the binary log (see Section 5.11.4, “The Binary Log”) or at least know the binary log coordinates to which the dump corresponds:
mysqldump --all-databases --master-data=2 > all_databases.sql
mysqldump --all-databases --flush-logs --master-data=2
--single-transaction options can be used simultaneously, which provides a convenient way to make an online backup suitable for point-in-time recovery if tables are stored using the
InnoDB storage engine.
For more information on making backups, see Section 5.9.1, “Database Backups”, and Section 5.9.2, “Example Backup and Recovery Strategy”.
If you encounter problems backing up views, please read the section that covers restrictions on views which describes a workaround for backing up views when this fails due to insufficient privileges. See Section D.4, “Restrictions on Views”.