Copy MySQL Database From One Server To Another Remote Server

November 12, 2010 by: upa_kid

Usually you run mysqldump to create a database copy and backups as follows:

$ mysqldump -u user -p db-name > db-name.out

Copy db-name.out file using sftp/ssh to remote MySQL server:
$ scp db-name.out user@remote.box.com:/backup

Restore database at remote server (login over ssh):
$ mysql -u user -p db-name < db-name.out
OR
$ mysql -u user -p 'password' db-name < db-name.out
How do I copy a MySQL database from one computer/server to another?

Short answer is you can copy database from one computer/server to another using ssh or mysql client.

You can run all the above 3 commands in one pass using mysqldump and mysql commands (insecure method, use only if you are using VPN or trust your network):
$ mysqldump db-name | mysql -h remote.box.com db-name

Use ssh if you don't have direct access to remote mysql server (secure method):
$ mysqldump db-name | ssh user@remote.box.com mysql db-name
OR
$ mysqldump -u username -p'password' db-name | ssh user@remote.box.com mysql -u username -p'password db-name

You can just copy table called foo to remote database (and remote mysql server remote.box.com) called bar using same syntax:
$ mysqldump db-name foo | ssh user@remote.box.com mysql bar
OR
$ mysqldump -u user -p'password' db-name foo | ssh user@remote.box.com mysql -u user -p'password' db-name foo

This will not just save your time but you can impress your friend too ;) . Almost all commands can be run using pipes under UNIX/Linux oses.

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