Convert Microsoft Access to MySQL
Do I need to migrate to MySQL?
Using MySQL server as a data storage instead of Microsoft Access offers several
benefits: high performance, cross-Platforming, multiple users access, strong
security system and much more. So, if you are constructing a complex multi-user
system, you defenitiely need to migrate data from Access to MySQL.
But if MS Access data is used by a single user and the data file is simply
copied to a new machine when it needs to be moved, there is not much benefit
to using MySQL in such a situation.
There is the standard way to migrate Microsoft Access data to MySQL server.
MS Access can export its tables to a variety of formats, including ODBC. Using
this feature you will be able to export an Access table to MySQL via
ODBC driver provided by MySQL AB. To migrate MS Access table to MySQL server right-click on the table and select "Export" option. After several
steps your data will be exported to MySQL.
Is this method enough for you? If your MS Access database is small and does not
have complex structure, the answer is "yes". Otherwise, you should
be aware that Access will not export index information with the data. You will
need to build indexes on your tables manually after exporting them. Also
there are some difference in data types between Microsoft Access and MySQL.
One example would be the CURRENCY data type: MySQL does not have a CURRENCY
data type, instead it creates a column with the definition DECIMAL(19,4) for
the same purpose. While MS Access supports Unicode by default, MySQL does not
so tightly bind character sets to field types. Instead it allows each text field
to be bound to any number of character sets, including Unicode. Again, you will
have to specify it manually if you need to support Unicode in the resulting MySQL