I was importing a confirmed UTF-8 encoded SQL database into Sequel Pro on Mac and got thrown this error halfway through:

An error occurred when reading the file, as it could not be read in the encoding you selected (Autodetect - Unicode (UTF-8)).

Only 1273 queries were executed.

Is this because the database file was originally from a windows machine and it's linebreaks stuffed things up?

I imagine I will get this error even if I tried to send the same database over file transfer to a server so how can I fix it's encoding?

-- MySQL dump 10.13  Distrib 5.5.40-36.1, for Linux (x86_64)
-- Host: localhost    Database: *****
-- ------------------------------------------------------
-- Server version   5.5.40-36.1-log

/*!40101 SET NAMES utf8 */;
/*!40103 SET TIME_ZONE='+00:00' */;

-- Table structure for table `******`
  • What text caused the problem?
    – Rick James
    Aug 19, 2015 at 17:37
  • didn't say but my guess is a windows encoded line break Aug 19, 2015 at 22:42
  • Saving the file in notepad does have encoding option at the bottom.open the file in notepad on windows and save it as utf-8 format and then try loading it into MySQL Aug 20, 2015 at 0:33
  • So the file isn't real utf-8? If I am on a mac I can do the same thing with it's default text viewer to fix it? Aug 20, 2015 at 1:11
  • As Nawaz wrote above, open the file in a text editor (i used TextWrangler on Mac), and resave as utf-8 format.
    – Jojje
    Feb 4, 2016 at 11:41

1 Answer 1


Based on this blog post


When importing your database dump, you need to select Western (Mac OS Roman) as the encoding format for the file to import without issue.

  • 2
    Does anyone know why this works? I would really like to know what problem existed with UTF-8 (or what problem with Windows), that did not let me import originally. May 2, 2017 at 13:00
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    Thanks, this also works for MySQL dumps that are generated on CentOS.
    – Alex
    Jul 9, 2017 at 12:56
  • I confirm this works on MacOS High Sierra 10.13.6. thanks @liangzan Nov 13, 2018 at 11:30
  • This works with Sequel Pro (Nightly) on Mojave as well
    – Urs
    Jun 19, 2019 at 18:27
  • This worked correctly for a MySQL dump that originated on Linux / Mysql and needed to be imported over SSH to a MariaDB 10 database. Thanks.
    – HongPong
    Sep 11, 2019 at 14:41

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