How to Backup and Restore MySQL Database’s Using MySQL Workbench

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MySQL Workbench is a graphical design tool for MySQL databases. It is used for database server administration, database design, creation, security management and server as well as database maintenance.

Install MySQL Workbench on Ubuntu:

sk@sk:~$ sudo apt-get install mysql-workbench

Add Database Server connection

Now open MySQL Workbench from Menu or Dash. The main page of MySQL Workbench will look as shown below.

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Click on ‘New Server Instance’. Enter remote hostname or IP Address.

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Now enter the Connection Name to easily identify your database, Select TCP/IP from connection method, hostname and port number and finally enter the database name in the default schema column. Click Next.

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Enter the database user password. In my case its centos.

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Click Next.

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Select Do not use Remote Management and Click Next.

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Enter Server Instance Name to easily identify your database being backup. Click Finish.

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Now the remote database connection has been made successfully.

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Backup Database

Click on Manage Import / Export. It will ask your database user password. Enter the password and click OK.

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Navigate to Data Export in the Left pane. Select the database to be exported. In my case, i select testdb. Select the tables and define the location where you want to save the database backup. Then click Start Export.

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It will ask the database user password. Enter the password and click OK.

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Now the database backup has been created.

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Import Database

Click on Manage Import / Export in the MySQL workbench Main window. Enter the database user password. Navigate to Data Import/Restore under DATA EXPORT /RESTORE section.

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Browse to the folder where you have stored the backup file.

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Enter the database user password and click Start Import.

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It will ask the database user password again. Enter the password and you’re done. It will take a while depending upon your database size.

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You have successfully restored your database backup.

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