How To Backup and Restore Databases Using phpMyAdmin

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In this post, we will talk about the process of creating database backups and restoring them using phpMyAdmin, a widely used web-based database management tool.

Table of Contents:

Step 1: Accessing phpMyAdmin

Access phpMyAdmin. Usually, it is accessible via your web hosting control panel, such as cPanel or Plesk.

Step 2: Selecting the Database


Select the database you wish to back up and click on its name to select it.

phpmyadmin dashboard

Step 3: Export Feature

You will be redirected to the main interface of the chosen database. Look for the “Export” tab located at the top of the page and click on it. This tab is where you can configure and start the backup process.

Step 4: Choosing Backup Options

On the “Export” page, you will find options to customize your backup. These options include selecting specific tables, choosing the export method (quick or custom), and selecting the format of the backup file (e.g., SQL, CSV, XML). For a standard backup, the default settings are usually sufficient.

Step 5: Start the Backup

Once you have selected the options, click the “Export” button. This action will start the backup process, and depending on the size of your database, it may take a few moments to complete. phpMyAdmin will generate a backup file with data.

export database using phpmyadmin dashboard

Step 6: Downloading the Backup File

Choose a location on your local machine where you want to save the backup file.

saving backup file to local

Database Restoration

Step 1: Accessing phpMyAdmin

To restore a database backup using phpMyAdmin, you need to access the application using the same steps as described earlier.

Step 2: Selecting the Database

Once inside phpMyAdmin, select the database where you want to restore the backup from the list of available databases.

Step 3: Import Feature

After selecting the database, Look for the “Import” tab located at the top of the page and click on it.

Step 4: Uploading the Backup File

On the “Import” page, you will find a section labelled “File to import.” Click on the “Choose File” button and navigate to the location where you saved the backup file. Select the file and click on the “Open” button.

importing backup file

Step 5: Start the Backup Restore

click on the “Import” button located at the bottom of the page. phpMyAdmin will Start the Restore process.

Step 6: Verifying the Restoration


After the Restore process completes, phpMyAdmin will display a success message.

complete backup restore message


By following the step-by-step process outlined in this post, you can create backups of your databases using phpMyAdmin and restore them whenever necessary. Remember to store your backup files securely.

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