How To Manage Databases with Command Line SSH
Using SSH can be a superior way to manage the files and databases on your account. Using a simple command, you can import or export a MySQL database into an existing database on your account. Please see our article on getting SSH access if it has not yet been enabled on your account.
Exporting MySQL Data
This example shows you how to export a database. It is a good idea to export your data often as a backup.
- Using SSH, execute the following command:
mysqldump -p -u username database_name > dbname.sql
- You will be prompted for a password, type in the password for the username, and press Enter. Replace username, password, and database_name with your MySQL username, password, and database name.
The file dbname.sql now holds a backup of your database and is ready for download to your computer.
To export a single table from your database, you would use the following command:
mysqldump -p --user=username database_name tableName > tableName.sql
Again you would need to replace the username, database, and tableName with the correct information.
Once done, the table specified would then be saved to your account as tableName.sql
Import A MySQL Database
The file must be in .sql format. It can not be compressed in a .zip or .tar.gz file.
- Start by uploading the .sql file onto the Bluehost server
- If you haven't already done so, create the MySQL database in the control panel.
- Using SSH, navigate to the directory where your .sql file is.
- Next, run this command:
mysql -p -u username database_name < file.sql
To import a single table into an existing database, you would use the following command:
mysql -u username -p -D database_name < tableName.sql