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How to export a MySQL database from cPanel for backup or migration

Here's how to export a MySQL database from cPanel for backup or migration purposes at

Log into your cPanel account.

Under the "Databases" section, click on the "MySQL Databases" icon.

Locate the database you want to export and click on the "Export" link next to it.

On the next page, you'll have several options for exporting your database:
• Export Type: Choose between different formats like SQL, CSV, etc. For a complete backup, select "SQL" format.
• Options: You can choose to include additional data like table structure, routines, etc.
• Save as File: Check this option to save the exported database as a file on your computer.

Once you've selected the desired options, click on the "Export" button.

If you chose to save the export as a file, your browser will prompt you to save the file. Choose a convenient location on your computer to save the database export file.

Benefits of Exporting MySQL Databases at
• Create complete backups of your databases for safekeeping or migration.
• Easily transfer databases between different hosting accounts or servers.
• Maintain multiple versions of your database for reference or rollback purposes.
• Share database exports with developers or collaborators for testing or development purposes. recommends regularly exporting your MySQL databases as a best practice for data security and easy migration. This process ensures that your valuable data is safely backed up and can be restored or transferred whenever needed.

Updated on: 19/04/2024

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