Restoring a MySQL or MariaDB database from a backup is an essential skill for any database administrator or developer. Backups serve as a safety net in case of data loss, server crashes, or other unexpected incidents. It's important to create regular backups of your databases and know how to restore them when needed.
Restoring a database involves two main steps: retrieving the backup file and importing it into the target database system. The process may vary slightly depending on the backup method you used, such as mysqldump, mysqlhotcopy, or a third-party tool.
This guide will outline the process of restoring a MySQL or MariaDB database using a backup created with the mysqldump command. Follow the steps below to successfully restore your database.
mysql -u your_username -p
CREATE DATABASE target_database;
mysql -u your_username -p target_database < my_database_backup.sql
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