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phpMyAdmin allows you to import databases up to 128 MB (sometimes a little less, if the database has a lot of rows). If importing with phpMyAdmin failed, you can import your database using SSH. Here are the steps:

Step 1 - Preparation

Step 2 - Connecting

  • Connect to your hosting account via SSH

  • Make sure you are in the correct directory (public_html). To do this, run the command ls. If you are in a different directory, you can use ls and cd commands one by one. For most sites, the path will look like this:

cd domains
cd domain.com (where domain.com is your domain)
cd public_html
  • If the database backup is displayed - great, go to the next step.

  • If you do not see the backup file, double-check with the File Manager if the file is indeed uploaded and placed to the public_html.

Step 3 - Import

To import the database, use this command:

mysql -u database_username -p database_name < file.sql

If the parameters of your database are:

  • MySQL Database name: user_database

  • MySQL Username: user_admin

And the uploaded file is database.sql, then the command will look like this:

mysql -u user_admin -p user_database < database.sql

After that you will need to enter the database password - the importing process will start immediately. The import will take some time depending on the size of your database. When it is completed, a new line will appear:


This line means that the importing process is done, you will see your database tables in phpMyAdmin 😊

That’s it! Now you know how to import your MySQL database.


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