not csv format files, but .xls or .xlsx format excel files, is there any free software for mac, that can import data into mysql?

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Full disclosure.. I am the author of the following program. Give it a try and let me know what you think. I have tried many applications including the excel add-in from MySQL, but was not satisfied with them, so I wrote my own.

The current version of my program is slow (just like the MySQL add-in), doesn't support international characters, and doesn't support command line parameters, but it is free and works well.


I am working on a much better version which will remedy the aforementioned shortcomings and should be available soon.

  • Version 2.0 of Excel2MySQL is available and it is FAST and more importantly 100% accurate. No longer free, but it is cheap. excel2mysql.net
    – panofish
    Jul 16, 2014 at 1:00

I haven't tried any of the followings. But just sharing with the hope that this may help you...

http://blog.mclaughlinsoftware.com/2011/02/27/excel-2011-query-mysql/ http://blog.mclaughlinsoftware.com/microsoft-excel/excel-2011-mysql-config/

Source: http://forums.mysql.com/read.php?171,561930,561930

FYI, MySQL officially introduced a tool namely MySQL for Excel (for Windows) to work with Excel.

MySQL for Excel allows you to work with a MySQL database from within Microsoft Excel. MySQL data can be imported into Excel, Excel data can be exported into MySQL as a new table or appended to a current table, and MySQL for Excel allows you to edit the MySQL data directly from within Excel.


Save it as .csv and then use the mySQL CLI [or other client-side utility] to issue a LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE statement.

  • Agree 1000% using 3rd party software for this type of activity is bound to complicate things more than it needs to.
    – Pynner
    Nov 17, 2012 at 1:46

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