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Is it possible to output MySQL query results in csv format?

Damian99Damian99 USAPosts: 116Member

In my project it is required to output MySQL query results in csv format for reporting purposes. I couldn't find a proper way to do this. Is it possible?



  • DavidMDavidM USAPosts: 342Member
    edited February 5


    MySQL provides an easy mechanism for writing the results of a select statement into a text file on the server. Using extended options of the INTO OUTFILE nomenclature, it is possible to create a comma separated value (CSV) which can be imported into a spreadsheet application such as OpenOffice or Excel or any other applciation which accepts data in CSV format.

    Given a query such as SELECT order_id,product_name,qty FROM orders

    which returns three columns of data, the results can be placed into the file /tmo/orders.txt using the query:

    SELECT order_id,product_name,qty FROM orders
    INTO OUTFILE '/tmp/orders.txt'

    This will create a tab-separated file, each row on its own line. To alter this behavior, it is possible to add modifiers to the query:

    SELECT order_id,product_name,qty FROM orders
    INTO OUTFILE '/tmp/orders.csv'
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