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What are the Methods for Backing up my MySQL Database?

Last Updated: February 16, 2007 9:16 PM

There are two common methods for backing up the content in your MySQL database.

Dump
A copy of the database in ASCII(text) form. This file uses a series of SQL statements that build the database. This is the most common format to backup a MySQL database and can be obtained through your account manager.
Export
A copy of the database in binary form. This is an uncommon format for backing up a database, as it may not always be useful. A database in this form must be obtained through customer support and a fee may apply.

For more information about backing up your MySQL database, see How do I Back up a MySQL Database?