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How to Implement a MySQL Backup Restore in a Few Clicks

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Simple steps to backup and restore MySQL databases

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So, let’s do what you’re here for: implementing a MySQL backup restore. First, let’s learn how to take MySQL backups.

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How to Take MySQL Backup in Minutes

As far as backups in MySQL is concerned, many people have this misconception that you need an external backup tool to take backups. Well, you absolutely don’t. That’s because there’s an inbuilt utility provided by MySQL called “mysqldump.” This utility allows you to take backups in a blink of an eye (well, almost!).

Here’s the syntax to back up your MySQL database:

sudo mysqldump -u [user] -p [database_name] > [filename].sql


To backup your entire database:

mysqldump --all-databases --single-transaction --quick --lock-tables=false > full-backup-$(date +%F).sql -u root –p

To backup multiple databases:

sudo mysqldump -u [user] -p [database_1] [database_2] [database_etc] > [filename].sql

Note: You must replace the username, database_name and backup_file_name with the correct details. You’re also supposed to enter your database password whenever prompted to do so.

Automate MySQL Backups

Why do one thing over and over again when you can automate the entire process? Well, you can also automate the MySQL backup process and stay stress-free. Cool, isn’t it? However, you’ll need to download a utility to automate the backup process.

Enter the below syntax to download the utility that will automate your backup process:

$ sudo apt-get install automysqlbackup

To take on-demand backups, run the command below:

$ sudo automysqlbackup

Run the following command to specify the content of the scheduled MySQL backups:

$ sudo ls -a /var/lib/automysqlbackup/daily

MySQL Backup Restore in Just Minutes

Just like the backup process, restoring backups in MySQL is smooth as good cake batter. Here again, the mysqldump utility will come to your rescue. Follow the two steps below to restore lost MySQL databases.

Step 1: Create a New Empty Database

First, you must create a new empty database on the system that hosts the database. Please make sure to name it the same as the database you had lost. Mysqldump will restore your lost data in this database.

Step 2: Restore the Database

Enter the below command to implement a MySQL backup restore:

mysql -u [user] -p [database_name] < [filename].sql

Note: You must replace the username, database_name, and backup_file_name with the correct details. You’re also supposed to enter your database password wherever prompted to do so.

How to Implement a MySQL Backup Restore in a Few Clicks Last Word

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