4 Ways to Do MySQL Databases Restore from Dump File

How to perform MySQL restore? You will get the 4 ways to make MySQL restore databases with simple clicks. Just take it for reference.


By Delia / Updated on April 9, 2024

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How to do MySQL Restore?

Sometimes, it’s emergency for you to restore MySQL database if encounter the system failure, power outage, file system corruption, hardware problems, etc. Don’t be in panic, we will show you different ways to do MySQL restore quickly and easily to less downtime.

MySQL restore from MySQL Workbench

If you used mysqldump command to backup/dump MySQL databases, then you will get the MySQL dump file. Hence, you could try the following steps to get mysqldump restore database from the dump file.

MySQL import dump file steps:

1. Launch MySQL Workbench, connect your MySQL Server.

2. Choose Data Import/Restore in Management tab at the Navigator. Or click Server > Data Import.

Data Import MySQL Workbench

3. Choose the dump file by clicking Import from Dump Project Folder option or Import from Self-Contained File in Import from Disk tab, Choose default schema to be imported to, and select database objects to import.

Choose MySQL Dump File Workbench

4. Click Start Export in Import Progress tab to do MySQL restore from .sql file.

Start Import

And your MySQL database you choosed before has been restored successfully.

MySQL Import Finished Workbench

Please Note:

If your MySQL Server version and MySQL client programs (including mysqldump) version is different, some features may not be backed up properly. It’s recommended to upgrade or downgrade local MySQL client programs to the version is equal to or newer than that of the MySQL Server.

Mysqldump Version Mismatch

You could upgrade MySQL Server 5.6 to 8.0 in MySQL Installer, Choose MySQL Server, and click Add... and expand MySQL Servers > Expand MySQL Server > MySQL Server 8.0, and choose the version you want to install, and then follow the guide to upgrade MySQL Server 5.6 to 8.0.

Restore a MySQL Database in Windows Command Prompt

1. Please shut down your Database server.

2. Delete all files in the Server’s data directory (including the files inside the directories specified by the --innodb_data_home_dir, --innodb_log_group_home_dir, and --innodb_undo_directory for restore, if the directories are different from hte data directory).

3. You could use mysql command to restore MySQL database in Windows command prompt:

mysql -u username -p dbname

For example restore a MySQL database named mysql from the mysql.sql file, please input the command:

mysql -u root -p mysql

MySQL Restore Database

Besides, you could perfrom MySQL restore database in MySQL Shell, for example:

mysql -u root -p mysql

MySQL Restore Database MySQL Shell

Above steps are applied to restore MySQL dump to new database.

MySQL Restore database with phpMyAdmin

1. Open phpMyAdmin, then click Import tab.

phpMyAdmin Import

2. Click Choose File button to select the MySQL dump file.

phpMyAdmin Choose MySQL Dump File

3. Stay with the default settings in Partial Import, choose SQL format, and set up other settings. Press Go button.

phpMyAdmin Import MySQL Dump File Go

MySQL restore all databases with AOMEI Backupper

AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus is another powerful MySQL backup software for Windows, which provides you to create schedule backup, real-time sync for MySQL database and restore MySQL with simple clicks.

Please download AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus 30-day free trial to restore all MySQL databases from backup files if you have created one with it.

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Step 1. Launch AOMEI Backupper Technician Plus, click Restore tab, then choose Select Task or Select Image File.

Select MySQL Dump File

Step 2. Choose the MySQL dump file and click Next.

MySQL Database Backup Image

Step 3. Tick all the data to restore MySQL all databases. And press Next.

Select All MySQL Databases

Step 4. Select the Restore to original location option and press Start Restore >> button to perform MySQL restore all databases.

Restore All MySQL Databases

Besides, you could tick some table files to let MySQL restore tables from dump file. Or only select the files you want to restore.

FAQ about MySQL Restore

Q: What should I consider before restoring a MySQL database?

A: Before restoring a MySQL database, consider the following:

  • Verify the integrity of the backup file.
  • Ensure there is enough disk space for the restoration process.
  • Take the necessary precautions to avoid overwriting existing data.
  • Plan for downtime if the restoration process will affect live systems.

Q: How can I optimize the MySQL restoration process?

A: To optimize the MySQL restoration process, you can:

  • Ensure backups are taken regularly and verified for integrity.
  • Utilize parallel restoration methods to speed up the process.
  • Optimize database configurations for better performance during restoration.
  • Consider using incremental backups for faster recovery of recent changes.

The Epilogue

Learn how to backup MySQL database and restore MySQL databases in time to avoid that your business data get lost.

This article describes detailed steps about recovering MySQL database. In case of data loss or corruption, you can try the provided 4 methods to restore MySQL database from backup in a straightforward and effective way.

Delia · Editor
Delia owns extensive experience in writing technology-related blog posts, and has been a part of AOMEI since 2020 to provide expertise in data security and disaster recovery. She works with Windows operating systems, SQL databases, and virtualization platforms such as VMware and Hyper-V, specializing in troubleshooting and advising on data protection and migration.