Automatically Backup MySQL Databases on Windows

MySQL Command for backup all databases:

mysqldump -uUSERNAME -pPASSWORD –all-databases > “D:/File_NAME_%date:~-4,4%-%date:~-10,2%-%date:~-7,2%-%time:~0,2%_%time:~3,2%_%time:~6,2%.sql”


Consider MySQL username = root and password = 123456

mysqldump -uroot -p123456 –all-databases > “D:/mysql_backup_%date:~-4,4%-%date:~-10,2%-%date:~-7,2%-%time:~0,2%_%time:~3,2%_%time:~6,2%.sql”

The result will be a file name (mysql_backup_2017-10-21-20_29_54.sql) containing all databases.

MySQL Command for one database databases:

mysqldump -uroot -p123456 –databases mydatabasename > “D:/mysql_backup_%date:~-4,4%-%date:~-10,2%-%date:~-7,2%-%time:~0,2%_%time:~3,2%_%time:~6,2%.sql”

We replaced –all-databases with –databases databasename

Note the date format:

  • %date:~-4,4%: year 4 digits
  • %date:~-10,2%: month 2 digits
  • %date:~-7,2%: day 2 digits
  • %time:~0,2%: time in 24 hours format
  • %time:~3,2%: minutes 2 digits
  • %time:~6,2%: seconds 2 digits

Now, after you customized the file name and date format, save your last command in file with (.bat) extension for examle:


And put the file in local C: drive inside windows or any where in safe place of which normal user will not delete it, and then

  1. Press windows key + R to open Run windows and then type taskschd.msc
    Windows Run
  2. Once the Task Scheduler opened, Create New Task (located at the right sidebar) or go to Action menu and then Create Task
    Task Scheduler
  3. The task creation menu will open, first in General Tab, Fill name of the task (MySQL Database Backup – Daily)
    Task Scheduler General Tab
  4. Then Click on Triggers tab and Then New.. to create new trigger (This is where you set your schedule plan)
    Task Scheduler Trigger
  5. Then Click Ok, and now go to Actions tab
    Task Scheduler New Action
  6. Then Click on New.. once the window opened, browser to your file that we mentioned above, in our example we used (mysqk-backup.bat)
    Task Scheduler New Action
  7. Then click ok!, and again Click Ok to save everything.
  8. You can now right click on this task and click run to test if everything works fine.

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