How to insert CSV data to mysql database using php


/* Database configuration
$databasehost = "localhost";
$databasename = "your database name";
$databasetable = "database table name";
$databaseusername ="username";
$databasepassword = "password";
$fieldseparator = ",";
$lineseparator = "\n";
$csvfile = "customers.csv"; //CSV file that you want to insert
/* Would you like to add an ampty field at the beginning of these records?
/* This is useful if you have a table with the first field being an auto_increment integer
/* and the csv file does not have such as empty field before the records.
/* Set 1 for yes and 0 for no. ATTENTION: don't set to 1 if you are not sure.
/* This can dump data in the wrong fields if this extra field does not exist in the table
$addauto = 0;
/* Would you like to save the mysql queries in a file? If yes set $save to 1.
/* Permission on the file should be set to 777. Either upload a sample file through ftp and
/* change the permissions, or execute at the prompt: touch output.sql && chmod 777 output.sql
$save = 1;
$outputfile = "csvinput.sql";

if(!file_exists($csvfile)) {
 echo "File not found. Make sure you specified the correct path.\n";

$file = fopen($csvfile,"r");

if(!$file) {
 echo "Error opening data file.\n";

$size = filesize($csvfile);

if(!$size) {
 echo "File is empty.\n";

$csvcontent = fread($file,$size);


$con = @mysql_connect($databasehost,$databaseusername,$databasepassword) or die(mysql_error());
@mysql_select_db($databasename) or die(mysql_error());

$lines = 0;
$queries = "";
$linearray = array();

foreach(split($lineseparator,$csvcontent) as $line) {


 $line = trim($line," \t");

 $line = str_replace("\r","",$line);

 This line escapes the special character. remove it if entries are already escaped in the csv file
 $line = str_replace("'","\'",$line);

 $linearray = explode($fieldseparator,$line);

 $linemysql = implode("','",$linearray);

 $query = "insert into $databasetable values('','$linemysql');";
 $query = "insert into $databasetable values('$linemysql');";

 $queries .= $query . "\n";



if($save) {

 if(!is_writable($outputfile)) {
 echo "File is not writable, check permissions.\n";

 else {
 $file2 = fopen($outputfile,"w");

 if(!$file2) {
 echo "Error writing to the output file.\n";
 else {


echo "Found a total of $lines records in this csv file.\n";


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  1. It would fail for large csv file, you can try LOAD DATA INFILE for larger file. Also you dont need to split stuff yourself, try instead fgetcsv.

  1. July 16th, 2011
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