How to Import MySQL Database from SQL File using PHP

Importing SQL script via programming will be useful when we need to create database structure dynamically. For example, if we provide APP or plugin to download and install from online, the dynamic SQL import will be used to setup the application database at the time of installing the APP or plugin.

To import SQL file in the database, you have to login to your hosting server or phpMyAdmin. Also, you can import the database from PHP script without login to your hosting server or phpMyAdmin.

Import database from PHP script is extremely helpful when you need to enable the client to import the database from your web application. A backup of the database should be taken for importing tables in MySQL database.

In this tutorial, we are going to import a SQL file into a database using PHP programming. In this example, we have a file containing SQL for creating contact table and inserting data. The PHP code parses the file line by line and extracts the query statements to execute using PHP MySQL function.

Import MySQL Database using PHP

Using the importDatabaseTables() work in PHP, you can import tables in the database from a .sql file. The following given parameters are required to import or rstore MySQL database using PHP.

  • $dbHost – Required. Specifies the host name of the database.
  • $dbUname – Required. Specifies the database username.
  • $dbPass – Required. Specifies the database password.
  • $dbName – Required. Specifies the database name in which you wants to import.
  • $filePath – Required. Specifies the path of the SQL file from where the tables will be imported.

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