How can we restore mysql database with different name from mysqldump file. I dont't want to open dump file and edit it. Any other better methods?

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You can let mysqldump create the dump in such a way that it does not create or select the database.

EXAMPLE : You are dumping the database db1 and loading it into database db2

This will put in the CREATE DATABASE and the USE commands in the dump

mysqldump -u... -p... --routines --triggers --databases db1 > /root/db1.sql

This will not put in the CREATE DATABASE and the USE commands in the dump (this is what you want)

mysqldump -u... -p... --routines --triggers db1 > /root/db1.sql

You can load it into another database (such as db2) in one of four(4) ways:


$ mysqldump -u... -p... --routines --triggers db1 | mysql -u... -p... -A -Ddb2


$ mysqldump -u... -p... --routines --triggers db1 > /root/db1.sql
$ mysql -u... -p... -A -Ddb2 < /root/db1.sql


$ mysqldump -u... -p... --routines --triggers db1 > /root/db1.sql
$ mysql -u... -p... -A -Ddb2
mysql> source /root/db1.sql


$ mysqldump -u... -p... --routines --triggers db1 > /root/db1.sql
$ mysql -u... -p... -A
mysql> use db2
mysql> source /root/db1.sql

Give it a Try !!!


I am a big fan of dump, edit and insert. but you do not have to open the text file (dump file) to change it (this is especially usefull when it is several milion lines long). if you want to dump the database MYDATABASE.

mysqldump MYDATABASE > mydump.sql

then use sed to replace the old database name with new one like this

sed -i 's/MYDATABASE/MYNEWDATABASE/g' mydump.sql

then you can simply create the new database and import it again, and it will create all tables with in the new databae MYNEWDATABASE'

mysqladmin create MYNEWDATABASE

mysql MYNEWDATABASE < mydump.sql

Edit: Like some nice people in the comments section have pointed out, this can be dangerous, if some of the data is also changed by this above, so, to conctrete ways to avoid this is.

1) Grep for this in the dump, before you change it, like this.

cat mydump.sql | grep "MYDATABASE"


2) we can add some ` to make it safer like this:

sed -i 's/`MYDATABASE`/`MYNEWDATABASE`/g' mydump.sql

if anyone else have concrete suggestions, I am happy to edit my answer in another 4 years.

  • And if it's in a script... sed -i "s/`$db_source`/`$db_destination`/g" mydump.sql. But still the best answer imo! Commented Jan 21, 2022 at 0:37

If you do a dump using the following two rules:

  1. Do not use options such as --databases, --database, and simply just put the database name at the end of the command without these options.
  2. Include the option --no-create-db

If you do the following then mysqldump will create the SQL without referencing the database, then you can use the new database name at the end of your mysql command during import!

mysqldump  --no-create-db old_db_name --single-transaction --compress --order-by-primary --host old_db_host -u old_db_user -pOld_db_password | mysql --host new_host -u new_user -pnewpassword new_db_name
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    In MySQL 5.7, mysqldump includes the database name in triggers and views, even with --no-create-db and without --database or --databases.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Oct 7, 2019 at 2:09
  • @Jonathan So do you just have to use sed with MySQL 5.7 ?
    – Traveler
    Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 16:37
  • @Traveler no, the export does not have any database names in it. create a database with a new name, and import into that database.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Jun 4, 2021 at 22:23

If the file is what you have in hand and you are manipulating it from a shell / console, I would use sed to do string replacements on lines starting with CREATE DABATASE, CREATE TABLE, USE and optionnally -- (mysqldump comments)

Replacing the db name on lines that matches Create Database, Create Table, Use and mysqldump comments

cat $dbfile | sed "/^CREATE DATABASE/ s=$dbname=$dbnewname=" | sed "/^CREATE TABLE/ s=$dbname=$dbnewname=" | sed "/^USE / s=$dbname=$dbnewname=" | sed "/^-- / s=$dbname=$dbnewname=" > $dbnewfile

Of course like many of the answers here mentions, it's easier if the mysqldump backup did not contain a CREATE DATABASE and a USE line. Meaning the options --all-databases, --databases or their short versions -A or -B were not used.

  • 1
    In MySQL 5.7, mysqldump includes the database name in triggers and views, even with --no-create-db and without --database or --databases.
    – Jonathan
    Commented Oct 7, 2019 at 2:10
  • also important when CURRENT_DB_NAME is not really unique. Commented Mar 8, 2023 at 9:20

I have done this once, long time ago.

When you export all your data, there is an option to set the database name in the begining of the file, something as: "use database x"

So, you can change this declaration.


Here is the command that would restore only the database named $DB_FROM from $BACKUP_FILE backup file, with restored database name $DB_TO (instead of $DB_FROM):

(sed '/^-- Current Database: `/q' "$BACKUP_FILE"; sed -n "/^-- Current Database: \`$DB_FROM\`/,/^-- Current Database: \`/p" "$BACKUP_FILE") | sed "s/\`$DB_FROM\`/\`$DB_TO\`/g" | mysql -u root -p

My answer was inspired by this one as well as this one and this webpage.

I've answered to a similar question here


If you using macOS and MySQLWorkbench. First export the database into a single .sql file. Then use the "Data import" util. It will show error because the new database name is not matching the exported one. You have to copy the whole excecuting command on the log and:

  • replace the --database flag
  • remove the --defaults-file flag

Example: sudo /Applications/MySQLWorkbench.app/Contents/MacOS/mysql --protocol=tcp --host=localhost --user=root --port=3306 --default-character-set=utf8 --comments --database=ion_development < "/Users/2359media/dumps/Dump20201110.sql"


You ask if you can "restore mysql database with different name from mysqldump file".

The answer is that you should NOT restore to another database if you have defined triggers with explicit chema name, due to a mysqldump bug, at least not without transforming the dump (see below).

(That is the short answer. You may not like it, you can downvote, but you don't have justification to delete it like because it does answer the question, albeit by the negative, with a critical fact to know about).

When triggers are defined like (CREATE TRIGGER mydbname.mytriggername ...) then mysqldump will include this "mydbname" in the dump regardless of any dump options.

You cannot detect that nuance in the trigger name from the information_schema.triggers in case you would like to repair first.

This makes the dump not restorable on altername db name, or worse, could restore a trigger in the wrong place if such schema exists.

To continue the answer, if you don't have triggers, or they were not using schema names at definition time, then you can restore a dump made without the --databases. (like answers above mentioned).

Otherwise, there is one way to cleanup the dump prior to importing it. You would have to 'sed' it to delete the schema name:

sed 's/\/\*!50003 TRIGGER `mydbname`\./\/\*!50003 TRIGGER /g'

Since practically nobody would inspect the dump for this issue, it is NOT recommended to blindly import dumps from instructions given here; you could damage a prod env.

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