Knowledgebase: MySQL
Export a MySQL Database
Posted by H9 Admin on 16 October 2014 05:30 PM

Export a Database via cPanel

To export a MySQL database via cPanel:

  1. Log into cPanel

  2. Click phpMyAdmin from the Databases section


  3. From the left-hand sidebar click the name of the database you want to export

  4. Click the Export tab/button up near the top

    Export tab

  5. Choose your export method and your format from the available dropdowns

    Export options

  6. Click the Go button

  7. Choose where to save your export, and what to name it in the pop-up

    Export options

Export a Database via Command Line

mysqldump -u DBUSER -pDBPASS DBNAME > dump.sql

Replace the text in the uppercase letters with the appropriate information:

  • DBUSER - Database user with privileges to the database
  • DBPASS - Password for the database user
  • DBNAME - Database name

If your password contains special characters like (* ? [ < > & ; ! | $), you will either need to escape them with a backslash, put the password between single quotes, or leave the password out (you'll be prompted to enter a password).

Here are some examples:

Escaped Password

mysqldump -u DBUSER -pM\*Y\?P\[A\<S\>S\&W\;O\!R\|D\$ DBNAME > dump.sql

Password In Quotes

mysqldump -u DBUSER -p'M*Y?P[A<S>S&W;O!R|D$' DBNAME > dump.sql

No Password

mysqldump -u DBUSER -p DBNAME > dump.sql

Also, if you're trying to export a database that's located on a different server, you'll need to set the database server hostname (by default the hostname is localhost or

mysqldump -h DBHOST -u DBUSER -p DBNAME > dump.sql

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