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How to export table data to text file with SELECT INTO OUTFILE statement?

I want to export table data to text file. Is there a way to export results of a query to a file? In other words, if I do a "SELECT * FROM tablename", is there a phrase like "send output to filename.txt", or something?

Answer No: 3

To export MySQL table data to text file, MySQL provides SELECT INTO OUTFILE statement. Itís used when anyone wants to direct query output to a file. You can use this for your purpose. Take the following example:

SELECT * INTO OUTFILE "C:\\export_data_to_txt_file.txt"
FIELDS TERMINATED BY '\t'
LINES TERMINATED BY '\n'
FROM database_name.table_name;

Alternatively, you can run mysql command line client with the 'e' flag and redirect standard output to a file:

mysql> -e 'SELECT * FROM test;' > filename.txt;

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