I am using mysqldump to dump some records in a table:

mysqldump mydatabase mytable --where="field=value"

this emits script that includes drop table mytable statement.

Since I use the --where option, when I replay the script, I want to overwrite only these records that satisfy the condition field=value. I want the emitted script to delete just these records:

delete from `mytable` where field=value

is there a way to achieve this?

1 Answer 1


Specify to not use any creation SQL with --no-create-info

mysqldump mydatabase mytable --no-create-info --where="field=value"

If you want to overwrite the records on reload of the mysqldump, just add --replace

mysqldump mydatabase mytable --no-create-info --replace --where="field=value"

I suggested --replace because REPLACE is a mechanical DELETE and INSERT.

Give it a Try !!!

  • thanks. this removes drop/create table. but how do I add the delete statement?
    – akonsu
    Jul 22, 2013 at 19:21
  • Updated my answer... Jul 22, 2013 at 20:34
  • thanks! suppose after I create a dump, a few more records got added to the table. I need to delete all records which satisfy the condition, and put the ones from the dump. I appreciate your help. looks like I cannot do it with just command line switches.
    – akonsu
    Jul 22, 2013 at 21:06
  • probably of little use to the OP today, but for those also searching for an ability to quickly create the delete statements from an insert, this Vim command/function may be a good help: vi.stackexchange.com/q/16428/11715
    – ljs.dev
    Jun 20, 2018 at 1:44

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