Backup and Restore MySQL databases in C#

We can support MySQL databases thanks to the dump files that contain the entire structure of our database including the records, here I leave a tutorial to perform backups and restore complete databases in C #.

For this we will require a library called MySqlBackup.Net that we can download from its official repository on GitHub following this link, once downloaded we will add the references to MySqlData and MySqlBackup to our project.

Backup the database

Compared to my previous tutorial to backup MySQL databases from Java, this library makes this task easier because it is enough to use our same connection to our database and the name or path of the final file, so that it generates a full dump of our database.

We will encode the backup method of our database, for that I will use a separate class, where I have my connection to my database and I only create a method called
backup (string path) , where the path is the directory where will keep my dump, the code will be the following:

At the end, the program generates the dump file in the path that we specify or in the same directory with the name that we have specified.

Restore database

Similarly to restore our database from the dump file we will create a method called
restore (string path) where path is the directory of our dump file, the code would be as follows, note that I add the code in my same class database.cs.

The restoration process can be a bit slow, depending on how big your database is and how many records exist in it.

At the end my
database.cs class will be as follows:

To finish you just have to create an instance of our class and call our methods, I would recommend using an
OpenFileDialog and a
SaveFileDialog for the selection and saving of data as I did in the sample program that you can download.

Ejemplo de interfaz implementada

Source code

You can download a sample project made with WinForms, to use it just change the data with those of your database in the database.cs class.

Download source code

Remember to download the libraries and add them to the project to make it work.

As you have just seen, backing up MySQL databases is easier to do thanks to this library.

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