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I'm using HeidiSQL to access my remote MySQL db.

Recently I was sent an .sql file.

Is there a way to open this file using HeidiSQL? Does anyone know of a better way to graphically view and manipulate a local sql file?

I know that in windows Heidi associates with sql files but when double clicked nothing happens.

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(This part lifted from my answer here...)

The first thing to note is that an .sql file is not a MySQL database. It is a script file containing SQL statements. You would run such a script against the database platform for which it was written (using the SQL dialect for a specific SQL database engine) to create the actual database.

From comments to other answer:

I was wondering if there is a way on Heidi or another program to do this without setting up a server.

No, you need a server somewhere. If there was any stand-alone tool that could "graphically manipulate" an .sql file (containing DDL, I presume) then it would have to have its own MySQL server embedded in it.

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You could of course just use any text editor such as Notepad to edit the SQL file and then paste the result in the Query screen indicated here:

Make sure though that you use an ANSI text editor and that if you have any non standard characters, that they are pasted correctly.

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Nice idea, but this is a pretty big file ~10Mb – hitautodestruct Apr 10 '13 at 12:31
I would assume that the file does a lot more than just one or two queries. Is there any reason you cannot use the normal mySQL tools? – RoKa Apr 10 '13 at 12:33
I could and probably will use phpMyAdmin but I was wondering if there is a way on Heidi or another program to do this without setting up a server. – hitautodestruct Apr 10 '13 at 12:35
Well, you would certainly not have to set up a server just to install the mySQL Workbench (would you?) --> – RoKa Apr 10 '13 at 12:38
@hitautodestruct : I just downloaded this tool, and it looks like from the Tools menu, you can select Load SQL File. Have you tried that option yet? – RoKa Apr 10 '13 at 12:48

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