Summary: This blog explains the step-by-step manual procedure of converting an Access database to MySQL. It discusses the process of exporting a table in the Access database to MySQL. For a quick solution to perform Access to MySQL database conversion without any data damage, you can use Stellar Converter for Database. Download the demo version of the tool from the below link and preview the data within your Access db that you can convert to MySQL.
Enhanced scalability, cross-platform independence, and cost-effectiveness are the reasons why users choose to convert Access database to MySQL Server database. Also, the efficiency in managing terabytes of data in MySQL Server databases compared to the 2 GB size limitation in handling an Access database is another reason why users move to MySQL from Access.
Following are the steps to export database records from MS Access to MySQL manually:
Note: If you’ve not configured a “MySQL Connector/ODBC DSN Data Source” on your Windows system, create a new DSN for Connector/ODBC.
Note: If the export process fails and you receive an error message “No database selected,” ensure you have selected the database to connect to the Connector/ODBC Data Source Configuration for MySQL. You may need to reconfigure the DSN and choose the MySQL db you need to connect.
Downsides of the Manual Method
While the manual method to convert Access to MySQL database works, it has certain downsides:
You can use a professional Access database to MySQL converter tool, such as Stellar Converter for Database to overcome the downsides of the above-discussed manual conversion procedure. Here are some benefits of using the software:
Further, the database converter tool helps convert a single table or complete Access database to MySQL file format. It allows interconversion of database files, including MS SQL (.mdf), MySQL, Access (.mdb and .accdb), SQLite (.db and .sqlite), and SQL Anywhere (.db).
Note: If you’re not aware of the location of your Access db file you want to convert, click ‘Search’ to locate the file.
The selected database records of your Access database will get converted to MySQL.
In this blog, we’ve discussed the step-by-step process to convert Access database to MySQL manually. However, the manual process has certain limitations. It is time-consuming, as it only allows exporting a single table from the Access db to MySQL. Also, it may cause data damage. A better solution is to use a specialized Access database to MySQL converter tool, such as Stellar Converter for Database that helps perform the conversion quickly and without any data loss.
Charanjeet is a Technical Content Writer at Stellar®who specializes in writing about databases, e-mail recovery, and e-mail migration solutions. She loves researching and developing content that helps database administrators, organizations and novices to fix multiple problems related to MS SQL and MySQL databases and Microsoft Exchange.
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