How to import large sql file in XAMPP ?

You Installed XAMPP and you want to import existing data from other installation or from host.  First you need to export the data. In this case I’m using WordPress installation and I want to have copy of my whole site on localhost installation.

But sometime we may face such a situation, import large sql file in XAMPP.

In this article you will learn how to import large sql file with the command prompt in XAMPP for Windows.

We will use Command-Line Tools (Shell) to import large database SQL file.

Import mysql db using command line is very simple statements, effective and fast compare to importing huge database from phpmyadmin. There are one more advantage using this method the default mysql db upload file size is doesn’t a matter using Command-Line Tools (Shell).

#1. Open the XAMPP Control Panel

Make sure Apache and MySQL are running and click the Shell button in the XAMPP Control Panel.

xampp control panel

#2. To import database, use the following command

mysql -u username -p database_name < "/path/file.sql"


  • username – your MySQL username. e.g. root
  • database_name – database name you are importing to
  • /path/file.sql – full path to your .sql file

when you haven’t created a MySQL username. In that case, you need to type “root” for the username.

Note: On the below screen command, you will define own database name. The database name will be the one that you created in the phpMyAdmin and would like to import to SQL file. In our case, we have database “the_code_developer”.

command prompt

Enter password: (leave it blank, it’s not set by default)

command prompt enter password

#3. If you want to see import process to screen then use the following command

mysql -u username -p -v database_name < "/path/file.sql"

command prompt with output

Once your database SQL file successfully import then you will get following response like in the below image.

successfully response

  1. Pastelka says

    You save my day!

    1. Full Stack developer says

      I’m glad it helped you. Happy coding.

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