How do I restore a dump file from mysqldump?

  1. Open the  command Prompt as admin.
  2. Type the path of your mysql bin directory and press Enter.(C:\xampp\mysql\bin)
  3. Paste your SQL file inside the bin folder of mysql server.
  4. Create a database in MySQL.
  5. Use that particular database where you want to import the SQL file.
  6. Type source databasefilename.sql and Enter.
  7. Your SQL file upload successfully.

it should be as simple as running this:

mysql -u <user> -p < db_backup.dump

If the dump is of a single database you may have to add a line at the top of the file:

USE <database-name-here>;

If it was a dump of many databases, the use statements are already in there.

To run these commands, open up a command prompt (in Windows) and cd to the directory where the mysql.exe executable is (you may have to look around a bit for it, it’ll depend on how you installed mysql, i.e. standalone or as part of a package like WAMP). Once you’re in that directory, you should be able to just type the command as I have it above.

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