phpMyAdmin allows you to import databases up to 128 MB; sometimes a little less, when the database has a large number of rows. If importing with phpMyAdmin failed, you can import your database using SSH by following these steps:
Step 1 - Preparation
Upload the database file in .sql format to your website's public_html folder. You can do so via FTP
Step 2 - Connecting via SSH
Connect to your hosting via SSH
lscommand to ensure you are in the root directory, that is, public_html. If you are located in a different directory, use the
cdcommands to reach it. For example, the process will be similar to this, replacing domain.tld with your domain name:
If the database backup is displayed, go to the next step.
If you the backup file is missing, use the File Manager to verify the file is correctly stored in the public_html folder
Step 3 - Import the Database
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
Uploaded database file: database.sql
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.