MySQL import data from large CSV file using LOAD DATA INFILE

If you are to import large MySQL dumps, or large CSV files to your database using database clients like PHPMyAdmin, SQLYog, or MySQL Bench the time required will be pretty painful.

It happened to me while I was working for a system development that required the import of data from a large Excel Sheet. It contained more than 80 columns and 19,00,000 rows of data!

To perform such importing using clients like PhpMyAdmin can be very time-consuming. The command given below would speed up the process by almost 400%.

LOAD DATA INFILE 'data.csv' INTO TABLE tbl_name 
IGNORE 1 LINES;Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

The command given above considers your CSV file content to look something like this:

1997,Ford,E350,"ac, abs, moon",3000.00 
1999,Chevy,"Venture ""Extended Edition""","",4900.00 
1999,Chevy,"Venture ""Extended Edition, Very Large""",,5000.00 
1996,Jeep,Grand Cherokee,"MUST SELL! air, moon roof, loaded",4799.00Code language: JavaScript (javascript)

Here the first line contains the column names, so the SQL command given above ignores the first line because it is not data.

And the rest is the dataset.  Each instance of data begins in a new line. Each cell ends with a comma(,), cells that contain commas are enclosed in inverted commas (” “).

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