4.5.5. mysqlimport — A Data Import Program

The mysqlimport client provides a command-line interface to the LOAD DATA INFILE SQL statement. Most options to mysqlimport correspond directly to clauses of LOAD DATA INFILE syntax. See Section 13.2.6, "LOAD DATA INFILE Syntax".

Invoke mysqlimport like this:

shell> mysqlimport [options]
        db_name textfile1 [textfile2 ...]

For each text file named on the command line, mysqlimport strips any extension from the file name and uses the result to determine the name of the table into which to import the file's contents. For example, files named patient.txt, patient.text, and patient all would be imported into a table named patient.

mysqlimport supports the following options, which can be specified on the command line or in the [mysqlimport] and [client] groups of an option file. mysqlimport also supports the options for processing option files described at Section 4.2.3.4, "Command-Line Options that Affect Option-File Handling".

Table 4.8. mysqlimport Options

Format Option File Description
--bind-address=ip_address bind-address Use the specified network interface to connect to the MySQL Server
--columns=column_list columns This option takes a comma-separated list of column names as its value
--compress compress Compress all information sent between the client and the server
--debug[=debug_options] debug Write a debugging log
--debug-check debug-check Print debugging information when the program exits
--debug-info debug-info Print debugging information, memory and CPU statistics when the program exits
--default-auth=plugin default-auth=plugin The authentication plugin to use
--default-character-set=charset_name default-character-set Use charset_name as the default character set
--delete delete Empty the table before importing the text file
--fields-enclosed-by=string fields-enclosed-by This option has the same meaning as the corresponding clause for LOAD DATA INFILE
--fields-escaped-by fields-escaped-by This option has the same meaning as the corresponding clause for LOAD DATA INFILE
--fields-optionally-enclosed-by=string fields-optionally-enclosed-by This option has the same meaning as the corresponding clause for LOAD DATA INFILE
--fields-terminated-by=string fields-terminated-by -- This option has the same meaning as the corresponding clause for LOAD DATA INFILE
--force force Continue even if an SQL error occurs
--help Display help message and exit
--host=host_name host Connect to the MySQL server on the given host
--ignore ignore See the description for the --replace option
--ignore-lines=# ignore-lines Ignore the first N lines of the data file
--lines-terminated-by=string lines-terminated-by This option has the same meaning as the corresponding clause for LOAD DATA INFILE
--local local Read input files locally from the client host
--lock-tables lock-tables Lock all tables for writing before processing any text files
--login-path=name Read login path options from .mylogin.cnf
--low-priority low-priority Use LOW_PRIORITY when loading the table.
--password[=password] password The password to use when connecting to the server
--pipe On Windows, connect to server using a named pipe
--plugin-dir=path plugin-dir=path The directory where plugins are located
--port=port_num port The TCP/IP port number to use for the connection
--protocol=type protocol The connection protocol to use
--replace replace The --replace and --ignore options control handling of input rows that duplicate existing rows on unique key values
--silent silent Produce output only when errors occur
--socket=path socket For connections to localhost
--ssl-ca=file_name ssl-ca The path to a file that contains a list of trusted SSL CAs
--ssl-capath=dir_name ssl-capath The path to a directory that contains trusted SSL CA certificates in PEM format
--ssl-cert=file_name ssl-cert The name of the SSL certificate file to use for establishing a secure connection
--ssl-cipher=cipher_list ssl-cipher A list of allowable ciphers to use for SSL encryption
--ssl-crl=file_name ssl-crl The path to a file that contains certificate revocation lists
--ssl-crlpath=dir_name ssl-crlpath The path to a directory that contains certificate revocation list files
--ssl-key=file_name ssl-key The name of the SSL key file to use for establishing a secure connection
--ssl-verify-server-cert ssl-verify-server-cert The server's Common Name value in its certificate is verified against the host name used when connecting to the server
--use-threads=# use-threads The number of threads for parallel file-loading
--user=user_name, user MySQL user name to use when connecting to server
--verbose Verbose mode
--version Display version information and exit

Here is a sample session that demonstrates use of mysqlimport:

shell> mysql -e 'CREATE TABLE imptest(id INT, n
        VARCHAR(30))' testshell> eda100     Max Sydow101     Count Dracula.w imptest.txt32qshell> od -c imptest.txt0000000   1   0   0  \t   M   a   x       S   y   d   o   w  \n   1   00000020   1  \t   C   o   u   n   t       D   r   a   c   u   l   a  \n0000040shell> mysqlimport --local test imptest.txttest.imptest: Records: 2  Deleted: 0  Skipped: 0  Warnings: 0shell> mysql -e 'SELECT * FROM imptest' test+------+---------------+| id   | n             |+------+---------------+|  100 | Max Sydow     ||  101 | Count Dracula |+------+---------------+



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