Backup and Restore MySQL DBs via SSH

Posted On 2011-04-02 by FortyPoundHead
Keywords: Backup Restore SSH MySQL
Tags: Linux Commandline Tip Webmaster Related Linux
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Lets say your web host does not provide backups for your MySQL database(s). Or perhaps you are changing hosts, and you need retrieve the database. Follow these steps to grab a backup, easily.

Here’s how to export mysql DB to SQL file using at the command line, after telnetting in via SSH. Of course, I had to do it command line style!
mysqldump –user=username –password=1234 –databases your_database –opt –quote-names –complete-insert > example.sql
or you can use this command :
$ mysql -u username -p dbname > database.sql
If the MySQL programs are not in your path, you will need to manually specify the location of the mysqldump program:
$ /usr/local/mysql/bin/mysqldump -u username -p --opt dbname > database.sql
Download the database.sql and keep it in a safe place (CDR, Zip disk, etc).

If you need to restore your database, you can do so like this:
$ mysql -u username -p databasename < database.sql

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