I am using the following query to create a CSV file
SELECT email INTO OUTFILE "mydata.csv" FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',' OPTIONALLY ENCLOSED BY '"' LINES TERMINATED BY "\n" FROM users;
But i am unable to find the mydata.csv file anywhere when i am searching through filezilla.
Any idea where this file is getting stored?
The query runs successfully without any errors! Any Help?
MySQL may be writing the file into its own data directory, like
/var/lib/mysql/<databasename> for example. To specify the path, use a full path.
However, it must be a directory that is writable by the user account the MySQL server daemon is running under. For that reason, I’ll often use
Specify the path you want to write to as in:
INTO OUTFILE '/tmp/mydata.csv'
And note that MySQL will write the file on the MySQL server, not on your client machine. Therefore remote connections will create output files on the remote server. See also SELECT INTO OUTFILE local ? for more details and workarounds.
Systemd & Linux
A note about writing to
/tmp on a Linux system running
Some years after originally posting this, I found myself unable to locate a file written to
...INTO OUTFILE '/tmp/outfile.csv'
on a MariaDB 5.5 server running Fedora Linux with
systemd. Instead of writing the file directly to
/tmp/outfile.csv as specified, that directory and file were created beneath a systemd directory in
While the file
outfile.csv itself and the
tmp/ subdirectory were both created world-writable, the systemd service directory itself has 700 permissions and is root-owned, requiring
sudo access to retrieve the file within it.
Rather than specifying the absolute path in MariaDB as
/tmp/outfile.csv and specifying it relatively as
outfile.csv, the file was written as expected into MariaDB’s data directory for the currently selected database.
I suspect you are looking for the file on your client machine.
SELECT .. INTO OUTFILE writes the file on the server machine.
Just for Example:
I have run below query in MySQL Workbench & I found my file in
SELECT * FROM `db`.`table` INTO OUTFILE 'file.csv' FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',';
You can use below example to set your file path:
SELECT * FROM `db`.`table` INTO OUTFILE 'C:\file.csv' FIELDS TERMINATED BY ',';
I found my INTO OUTFILE files, created with the following command
select name from users into outfile "name.csv"
at the following location
C:\ProgramData\MySQL\MySQL Server 5.6\data\name.csv
This is probably the default location, as I’ve never changed anything.
In case anyone on OS X has this problem,
mysql installed with homebrew has default output located at
You find the file in
C:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.5.24\data, but the name will be
UsersNamecarro.txt if you gave following
select * from carro where id_cor<4 INTO OUTFILE 'C:\Users\Name\carro.txt';
So just write
.....OUTFILE 'C:\carro.txt' to get file called
+1 to @michael-berkowski and the answer i needed for windows was (as he stated)
MariaDB’s data directory
to be specific, mine was in the data folder for database named “mydatabase”
C:\Program Files\MariaDB 10.3\data\mydatabase