MySQL is a popular and free database management system used by many developers and data analysts. One of the functions of MySQL is the ability to output data to a file.
In this article, we will discuss how to save MySQL query output to a file.
To save MySQL query output to a file, you need to use the SELECT...INTO OUTFILE command. This command executes the query and writes the results to a file on the server.
Here's the syntax for the SELECT...INTO OUTFILE command:
Here, column1, column2, ... are the columns you want to select from the table; table_name is the name of the table; file_path is the path to the file where the results will be written.
This query selects the first name, last name, and email addresses of customers from the customers table and writes the results to the file /var/lib/mysql-files/customers.csv.
Note that the file path should point to a directory that MySQL has write access to.
After you save the MySQL query output to a file, you can use it for various purposes. For example, you can import the data from the file into another table, email the file, or open it in Excel.
To import data from a file into another MySQL table, use the LOAD DATA INFILE command. Here's the syntax:
Here, file_path is the path to the file you want to import data from; table_name is the name of the table you want to import data into.
This command imports the data from the file /var/lib/mysql-files/customers.csv into the new_customers table.
Note that the file must be on the MySQL server to use the LOAD DATA INFILE command.