mysqldump - Man Page

a database backup program

Examples (TL;DR)


mysqldump [options] [db_name [tbl_name ...]]


The mysqldump client utility performs logical backups, producing a set of SQL statements that can be executed to reproduce the original database object definitions and table data. It dumps one or more MySQL databases for backup or transfer to another SQL server. The mysqldump command can also generate output in CSV, other delimited text, or XML format.


Consider using the MySQL Shell dump utilities[1], which provide parallel dumping with multiple threads, file compression, and progress information display, as well as cloud features such as Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Object Storage streaming, and MySQL Database Service compatibility checks and modifications. Dumps can be easily imported into a MySQL Server instance or a MySQL Database Service DB System using the MySQL Shell load dump utilities[2]. Installation instructions for MySQL Shell can be found here[3].

mysqldump requires at least the SELECT privilege for dumped tables, SHOW VIEW for dumped views, TRIGGER for dumped triggers, LOCK TABLES if the --single-transaction option is not used, PROCESS (as of MySQL 8.0.21) if the --no-tablespaces option is not used, and (as of MySQL 8.0.32) the RELOAD or FLUSH_TABLES priviledge with --single-transaction if both gtid_mode=ON and --set-gtid=purged=ON|AUTO.

To reload a dump file, you must have the privileges required to execute the statements that it contains, such as the appropriate CREATE privileges for objects created by those statements.

mysqldump output can include ALTER DATABASE statements that change the database collation. These may be used when dumping stored programs to preserve their character encodings. To reload a dump file containing such statements, the ALTER privilege for the affected database is required.


A dump made using PowerShell on Windows with output redirection creates a file that has UTF-16 encoding:

mysqldump [options] > dump.sql

However, UTF-16 is not permitted as a connection character set (see the section called “Impermissible Client Character Sets”), so the dump file cannot be loaded correctly. To work around this issue, use the --result-file option, which creates the output in ASCII format:

mysqldump [options] --result-file=dump.sql

It is not recommended to load a dump file when GTIDs are enabled on the server (gtid_mode=ON), if your dump file includes system tables. mysqldump issues DML instructions for the system tables which use the non-transactional MyISAM storage engine, and this combination is not permitted when GTIDs are enabled. Performance and Scalability Considerations

mysqldump advantages include the convenience and flexibility of viewing or even editing the output before restoring. You can clone databases for development and DBA work, or produce slight variations of an existing database for testing. It is not intended as a fast or scalable solution for backing up substantial amounts of data. With large data sizes, even if the backup step takes a reasonable time, restoring the data can be very slow because replaying the SQL statements involves disk I/O for insertion, index creation, and so on.

For large-scale backup and restore, a physical backup is more appropriate, to copy the data files in their original format so that they can be restored quickly.

If your tables are primarily InnoDB tables, or if you have a mix of InnoDB and MyISAM tables, consider using mysqlbackup, which is available as part of MySQL Enterprise. This tool provides high performance for InnoDB backups with minimal disruption; it can also back up tables from MyISAM and other storage engines; it also provides a number of convenient options to accommodate different backup scenarios. See Section 30.2, “MySQL Enterprise Backup Overview”.

mysqldump can retrieve and dump table contents row by row, or it can retrieve the entire content from a table and buffer it in memory before dumping it. Buffering in memory can be a problem if you are dumping large tables. To dump tables row by row, use the --quick option (or --opt, which enables --quick). The --opt option (and hence --quick) is enabled by default, so to enable memory buffering, use --skip-quick.

If you are using a recent version of mysqldump to generate a dump to be reloaded into a very old MySQL server, use the --skip-opt option instead of the --opt or --extended-insert option.

For additional information about mysqldump, see Section 7.4, “Using mysqldump for Backups”. Invocation Syntax

There are in general three ways to use mysqldump—in order to dump a set of one or more tables, a set of one or more complete databases, or an entire MySQL server—as shown here:

mysqldump [options] db_name [tbl_name ...]
mysqldump [options] --databases db_name ...
mysqldump [options] --all-databases

To dump entire databases, do not name any tables following db_name, or use the --databases or --all-databases option.

To see a list of the options your version of mysqldump supports, issue the command mysqldump --help. Option Syntax - Alphabetical Summary

mysqldump supports the following options, which can be specified on the command line or in the [mysqldump] and [client] groups of an option file. For information about option files used by MySQL programs, see Section, “Using Option Files”. Connection Options

The mysqldump command logs into a MySQL server to extract information. The following options specify how to connect to the MySQL server, either on the same machine or a remote system.

Option-File Options

These options are used to control which option files to read.

DDL Options

Usage scenarios for mysqldump include setting up an entire new MySQL instance (including database tables), and replacing data inside an existing instance with existing databases and tables. The following options let you specify which things to tear down and set up when restoring a dump, by encoding various DDL statements within the dump file.

Debug Options

The following options print debugging information, encode debugging information in the dump file, or let the dump operation proceed regardless of potential problems.

Help Options

The following options display information about the mysqldump command itself.

Internationalization Options

The following options change how the mysqldump command represents character data with national language settings.

Replication Options

The mysqldump command is frequently used to create an empty instance, or an instance including data, on a replica server in a replication configuration. The following options apply to dumping and restoring data on replication source servers and replicas.

  • --set-gtid-purged=value This option is for servers that use GTID-based replication (gtid_mode=ON). It controls the inclusion of a SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged statement in the dump output, which updates the value of gtid_purged on a server where the dump file is reloaded, to add the GTID set from the source server's gtid_executed system variable. gtid_purged holds the GTIDs of all transactions that have been applied on the server, but do not exist on any binary log file on the server. mysqldump therefore adds the GTIDs for the transactions that were executed on the source server, so that the target server records these transactions as applied, although it does not have them in its binary logs. --set-gtid-purged also controls the inclusion of a SET @@SESSION.sql_log_bin=0 statement, which disables binary logging while the dump file is being reloaded. This statement prevents new GTIDs from being generated and assigned to the transactions in the dump file as they are executed, so that the original GTIDs for the transactions are used.

    If you do not set the --set-gtid-purged option, the default is that a SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged statement is included in the dump output if GTIDs are enabled on the server you are backing up, and the set of GTIDs in the global value of the gtid_executed system variable is not empty. A SET @@SESSION.sql_log_bin=0 statement is also included if GTIDs are enabled on the server.

    You can either replace the value of gtid_purged with a specified GTID set, or add a plus sign (+) to the statement to append a specified GTID set to the GTID set that is already held by gtid_purged. The SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged statement recorded by mysqldump includes a plus sign (+) in a version-specific comment, such that MySQL 8.0 (and later) adds the GTID set from the dump file to the existing gtid_purged value.

    It is important to note that the value that is included by mysqldump for the SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged statement includes the GTIDs of all transactions in the gtid_executed set on the server, even those that changed suppressed parts of the database, or other databases on the server that were not included in a partial dump. This can mean that after the gtid_purged value has been updated on the server where the dump file is replayed, GTIDs are present that do not relate to any data on the target server. If you do not replay any further dump files on the target server, the extraneous GTIDs do not cause any problems with the future operation of the server, but they make it harder to compare or reconcile GTID sets on different servers in the replication topology. If you do replay a further dump file on the target server that contains the same GTIDs (for example, another partial dump from the same origin server), any SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged statement in the second dump file fails. In this case, either remove the statement manually before replaying the dump file, or output the dump file without the statement.

    Before MySQL 8.0.32: Using this option with the --single-transaction option could lead to inconsistencies in the output. If --set-gtid-purged=ON is required, it can be used with --lock-all-tables, but this can prevent parallel queries while mysqldump is being run.

    If the SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged statement would not have the desired result on your target server, you can exclude the statement from the output, or (from MySQL 8.0.17) include it but comment it out so that it is not actioned automatically. You can also include the statement but manually edit it in the dump file to achieve the desired result.

    The possible values for the --set-gtid-purged option are as follows:


The default value. If GTIDs are enabled on the server you are backing up and gtid_executed is not empty, SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged is added to the output, containing the GTID set from gtid_executed. If GTIDs are enabled, SET @@SESSION.sql_log_bin=0 is added to the output. If GTIDs are not enabled on the server, the statements are not added to the output.


SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged is not added to the output, and SET @@SESSION.sql_log_bin=0 is not added to the output. For a server where GTIDs are not in use, use this option or AUTO. Only use this option for a server where GTIDs are in use if you are sure that the required GTID set is already present in gtid_purged on the target server and should not be changed, or if you plan to identify and add any missing GTIDs manually.


If GTIDs are enabled on the server you are backing up, SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged is added to the output (unless gtid_executed is empty), and SET @@SESSION.sql_log_bin=0 is added to the output. An error occurs if you set this option but GTIDs are not enabled on the server. For a server where GTIDs are in use, use this option or AUTO, unless you are sure that the GTIDs in gtid_executed are not needed on the target server.


Available from MySQL 8.0.17. If GTIDs are enabled on the server you are backing up, SET @@GLOBAL.gtid_purged is added to the output (unless gtid_executed is empty), but it is commented out. This means that the value of gtid_executed is available in the output, but no action is taken automatically when the dump file is reloaded. SET @@SESSION.sql_log_bin=0 is added to the output, and it is not commented out. With COMMENTED, you can control the use of the gtid_executed set manually or through automation. For example, you might prefer to do this if you are migrating data to another server that already has different active databases.

Format Options

The following options specify how to represent the entire dump file or certain kinds of data in the dump file. They also control whether certain optional information is written to the dump file.

Filtering Options

The following options control which kinds of schema objects are written to the dump file: by category, such as triggers or events; by name, for example, choosing which databases and tables to dump; or even filtering rows from the table data using a WHERE clause.

Performance Options

The following options are the most relevant for the performance particularly of the restore operations. For large data sets, restore operation (processing the INSERT statements in the dump file) is the most time-consuming part. When it is urgent to restore data quickly, plan and test the performance of this stage in advance. For restore times measured in hours, you might prefer an alternative backup and restore solution, such as MySQL Enterprise Backup for InnoDB-only and mixed-use databases.

Performance is also affected by the transactional options, primarily for the dump operation.

Transactional Options

The following options trade off the performance of the dump operation, against the reliability and consistency of the exported data.

Option Groups

When you selectively enable or disable the effect of a group option, order is important because options are processed first to last. For example, --disable-keys --lock-tables --skip-opt would not have the intended effect; it is the same as --skip-opt by itself. Examples

To make a backup of an entire database:

mysqldump db_name > backup-file.sql

To load the dump file back into the server:

mysql db_name < backup-file.sql

Another way to reload the dump file:

mysql -e "source /path-to-backup/backup-file.sql" db_name

mysqldump is also very useful for populating databases by copying data from one MySQL server to another:

mysqldump --opt db_name | mysql --host=remote_host -C db_name

You can dump several databases with one command:

mysqldump --databases db_name1 [db_name2 ...] > my_databases.sql

To dump all databases, use the --all-databases option:

mysqldump --all-databases > all_databases.sql

For InnoDB tables, mysqldump provides a way of making an online backup:

mysqldump --all-databases --master-data --single-transaction > all_databases.sql
or from MySQL 8.0.26:
mysqldump --all-databases --source-data --single-transaction > all_databases.sql

This backup acquires a global read lock on all tables (using FLUSH TABLES WITH READ LOCK) at the beginning of the dump. As soon as this lock has been acquired, the binary log coordinates are read and the lock is released. If long updating statements are running when the FLUSH statement is issued, the MySQL server may get stalled until those statements finish. After that, the dump becomes lock free and does not disturb reads and writes on the tables. If the update statements that the MySQL server receives are short (in terms of execution time), the initial lock period should not be noticeable, even with many updates.

For point-in-time recovery (also known as “roll-forward,” when you need to restore an old backup and replay the changes that happened since that backup), it is often useful to rotate the binary log (see Section 5.4.4, “The Binary Log”) or at least know the binary log coordinates to which the dump corresponds:

mysqldump --all-databases --master-data=2 > all_databases.sql
or from MySQL 8.0.26:
mysqldump --all-databases --source-data=2 > all_databases.sql


mysqldump --all-databases --flush-logs --master-data=2 > all_databases.sql
or from MySQL 8.0.26:
mysqldump --all-databases --flush-logs --source-data=2 > all_databases.sql

The --source-data or --master-data option can be used simultaneously with the --single-transaction option, which provides a convenient way to make an online backup suitable for use prior to point-in-time recovery if tables are stored using the InnoDB storage engine.

For more information on making backups, see Section 7.2, “Database Backup Methods”, and Section 7.3, “Example Backup and Recovery Strategy”.


mysqldump does not dump the performance_schema or sys schema by default. To dump any of these, name them explicitly on the command line. You can also name them with the --databases option. For performance_schema, also use the --skip-lock-tables option.

mysqldump does not dump the INFORMATION_SCHEMA schema.

mysqldump does not dump InnoDB CREATE TABLESPACE statements.

mysqldump does not dump the NDB Cluster ndbinfo information database.

mysqldump includes statements to recreate the general_log and slow_query_log tables for dumps of the mysql database. Log table contents are not dumped.

If you encounter problems backing up views due to insufficient privileges, see Section 25.9, “Restrictions on Views” for a workaround.


  1. MySQL Shell dump utilities
  2. MySQL Shell load dump utilities
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  4. Downgrade Notes

See Also

For more information, please refer to the MySQL Reference Manual, which may already be installed locally and which is also available online at


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Referenced By


The man page mariadb-dump(1) is an alias of mysqldump(1).

06/02/2023 MySQL 8.0 MySQL Database System