How to Upload Large .sql File to phpmyadmin on Xampp mysql

If you are trying to load your live website on localhost and unable to upload large .sql file to phpmyadmin this post is going to help you solve this problem. I myself have faced this problem and after trying some options, I was able to solve it.

First download required files from the live server. The database file lets say is your_database.sql and required wordpress website files is in the folder your_website. Start Apache and Mysql modules on Xampp control panel, then visit localhost/phpmyadmin . Create new database name your_database and after selecting it, try to import the your_website.sql file. You will see a message, as shown in the picture below, indicating that the file is too large to upload. I suppose you have faced the similar situation and looking for the solution.

The phpmyadmin gives a message if you try to upload large file. This makes it difficult to import large .sql file to phpmyadmin

error uploading large sql file on phpmyadmin

If you visit the documentation link in this message , it says to check upload_max_filesize and post_max_size values in php.ini file.

big dump file upload to phpmyadmin

You can update the value of upload_max_filesize to 100M and post_max_size to 101M in php.ini file inside C:\xampp\php directory.

upload max file size
post max size

But, it has not worked for me as I was still unable to upload the files. Still it is good to increase these values. I went for command line solution which worked great.

Run the following commands.

cd C:\xampp\mysql\bin
mysql -u root -p -h localhost -P 3306

It will ask for password, in my case it was empty. Most probably in your case as well it will be empty. I guess by default, XAMPP sets up a MySQL server with a root username and empty password. So, just hit enter. If it does not work you can check user and password name in C:\xampp\phpMyAdmin\config.inc.php file

config.inc.php file to set user and password for xampp mysql server login

Once you are inside mysql server, you can select the database to which you want to upload the .sql file. Let’s say your database name is your_database . Run the command Use your_database to select the database.

Once database changed, run the command source C:/Users/codingissimple/Desktop/your_database.sql; to upload .sql file to database. In this command, don’t forget to replace the path with your_database.sql file’s original path. Finally, it got uploaded. You can verify by visiting localhost/phpmyadmin

The full process looks like below.

C:\Users\codingissimple>cd C:\xampp\mysql\bin
C:\xampp\mysql\bin>mysql -u root -p -h localhost -P 3306
Enter password:
Welcome to the MariaDB monitor.  Commands end with ; or \g.
Your MariaDB connection id is 8
Server version: 10.4.28-MariaDB mariadb.org binary distribution

Copyright (c) 2000, 2018, Oracle, MariaDB Corporation Ab and others.

Type 'help;' or '\h' for help. Type '\c' to clear the current input statement.

MariaDB [(none)]> USE your_database;
Database changed
MariaDB [your_database]> source C:/Users/codingissimple/Desktop/your_database.sql;

I hope you were able to upload your database file by following instructions on this blog.

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