I have a .csv file contains data like this:

Username   Password   Email
test123    123        [email protected]

I'm currently using MySQL, and I have a table named user with some columns like this:

UserID    Username    Password    Email

What i'm looking for is how can I import my csv data into user table and convert password column with MD5 method so what I have at the last is

UserID    Username    Password                          Email
1          test123     202cb962ac59075b964b07152d234b70  [email protected]

NB: I have a hundred record in my csv file. Any help please. Thanks for advance.

  • You shouldn't use md5 for password hashing.
    – kelunik
    Jan 29, 2015 at 2:13
  • @kelunik Why I shouldn't? Any explanation please? Jan 29, 2015 at 2:16
  • Because it's unsafe, there are a lot of resources out there, just use your favorite search engine. One example: security.stackexchange.com/a/19908
    – kelunik
    Jan 29, 2015 at 2:28
  • Thanks for advice. Maybe I'll make a change for my system later. Jan 29, 2015 at 3:10

2 Answers 2


The easiest solution would be to write a small script that reads that file and executes some queries to import these data sets.

If you want to use PHP (just one example, more information here) it would be something like:


    $db = new PDO($connectStr, $username, $password);
    $q = $db->prepare("INSERT INTO table (...) VALUES (...)");

    $file = file_get_contents(...);
    $lines = explode("\n", $file);

    foreach ($lines as $line) {
        $data = explode(";", $line);
        // manipulate password here, for PHP, use password_hash instead of md5

Another promising solution could be LOAD DATA INFILE. You should have a look at http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/load-data.html for more information.


What's below works for your data - be careful of any variation in the field width - that's why delimited files are better - csv, or better still, if you can get it, pipe-delimited (|). It also successfully deals with the header line.

I did the following:

My code will do for both MD5 and SHA2 passwords - uncomment the relevant bits.

  user_id int not null auto_increment primary key, 
  username varchar(11), 
  p_word varchar(64), -- VARCHAR(32) for MD5
  e_mail varchar(75)

using a sample based on your data (users.csv)

$> more users.csv;
Username   Password   Email
test123    123        [email protected]
test456    567        [email protected]

And then after some Googling, I came up with this

INFILE '/mysql/mdb5.5/inst/users.csv'
INTO TABLE my_user
SET username = TRIM(SUBSTR(@row,  1, 11)),
    -- p_word   = MD5(TRIM(SUBSTR(@row, 12, 22))), 
    p_word = SHA2(TRIM(SUBSTR(@row, 12, 11)), 256),
    e_mail  = TRIM(SUBSTR(@row, 23, 80))

And voilà!

MariaDB [test]> select * from my_user;
| user_id | username | p_word                                                           | e_mail          |
|       1 | test123  | a665a45920422f9d417e4867efdc4fb8a04a1f3fff1fa07e998e86f7f7a27ae3 | [email protected] |
|       2 | test456  | 97a6d21df7c51e8289ac1a8c026aaac143e15aa1957f54f42e30d8f8a85c3a55 | [email protected]  |
2 rows in set (0.01 sec)
  • Impressive!! +1 pal, another solution! Jan 30, 2015 at 1:58

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