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How can I dump a specific table or set of tables without including the rest of the db tables?

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May i suggest "man mysqldump"? The answer could have between found in less time than it took to write this post. Rolando politely covered the answer, however. –  Aaron Brown Dec 17 '11 at 3:58
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If you are dumping tables t1, t2, and t3 from mydb

mysqldump -u... -p... mydb t1 t2 t3 > mydb_tables.sql

If you have a ton of tables in mydb and you want to dump everything except t1, t2, and t3, do this:

SQL="SET group_concat_max_len = 10240;"
SQL="${SQL} SELECT GROUP_CONCAT(table_name separator ' ')"
SQL="${SQL} FROM information_schema.tables WHERE table_schema='${DBTODUMP}'"
SQL="${SQL} AND table_name NOT IN ('t1','t2','t3')"
TBLIST=`mysql -u... -p... -AN -e"${SQL}"`
mysqldump -u... -p... ${DBTODUMP} ${TBLIST} > mydb_tables.sql

Give it a Try !!!

UPDATE 2014-03-06 10:15 EST

@RoryDonohue pointed out to me that the GROUP_CONCAT function needs to have its max length extended. I added the session variable group_concat_max_len to my answer with a length max of 10K. Thanks, @RoryDonohue.

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To exclude just a few tables you can use --ignore-table=Table1 --ignore-table=Table2 --ignore-table=Table3 etc. –  codewaggle Dec 13 '12 at 13:06
@codewaggle You are right. You should submit that as an answer. –  RolandoMySQLDBA Dec 13 '12 at 15:09
If the output of the mysql command is limiting to 1024 characters (in the case of many many tables), you need to augment the command line SQL statement: SET SESSION group_concat_max_len = 10000; –  Rory Donohue Mar 6 at 11:08
@RoryDonohue I had seen your answer (moderator converted it to a comment) and I had just acknowledged it in my answer. Thank you for your eagle eye, and welcome the the DBA StackExchange. –  RolandoMySQLDBA Mar 6 at 15:17
@RolandoMySQLDBA How about if you want to exclude all tables whose names begin with 'foo_' –  codecowboy Jun 11 at 12:20
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A note to expand on the answer by RolandoMySQLDBA.

The script he included is a great approach for including (and table_name in) or excluding (and table_name NOT in) a list of tables.

If you just need to exclude one or two tables, you can exclude them individually with the --ignore-table option:

mysqldump -u -p etc. --ignore-table=Table1 --ignore-table=Table2 > dump_file.sql
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When you have more than a few tables it is much better running something like this:

mysql databasename -u [user] -p[password] -e 'show tables like "table_name_%"' | grep -v Tables_in | xargs mysqldump [databasename] -u [root] -p [password] > [target_file]

or somethink like this:

mysqldump -u [user] -p[password] databasename `echo "show tables like 'table_name_%';" | mysql -u[user] -p[password] databasename | sed '/Tables_in/d'` > [target_file]
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You can try some GUI clients like SQLyog. Where you can select the tables which you want to dump.

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You can do it simply using below command:

mysqldum -uusername -ppassword dbname \
  --ignore-table=schema.tablename1    \
  --ignore-table=schema.tablename2    \
  --ignore-table=schema.tablename3 > mysqldump.sql
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--ignore-table is to exclude certain tables from mysqldump, not to include . :) –  Praveen Prasannan Sep 16 '13 at 7:02
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