Dump just the table structure to a file in MySQL

By Lowell Heddings on September 11th, 2006

For this exercise, we will use the mysqldump utility the same as if we were backing up the entire database.

Syntax:

mysqldump -d -h localhost -u root -pmypassword databasename > dumpfile.sql

The only option that is different than creating an entire backup is the -d switch, which tells mysqldump not to output the data.

Example:

mysqldump -d -h localhost -u root -p2Uad7as9 database01 > dumpfile.sql

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  • Published 09/11/06
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