Export data from Microsoft Excel spreadsheets to MySQL database
Do I need to migrate to MySQL?
If your MS Excel spreadsheet becomes large and complicated and it is
mostly used as a data storage, you may think about migrating to database.
There are lot of database engines on today's market: Microsoft SQL Server,
Oracle, DB2, Sybase, etc. But among all of them MySQL has become
the world's most popular database because of high performance, cross-Platforming,
multiple users access, strong security system and much more. So, it is wise
decision to migrate Excel data to MySQL if you are constructing scalable,
flexible and affordable data system.
However, if your primary use of Microsoft Excel is for calculating formulas
and drawing charts or workbooks are not formatted as tables (many merged cells,
several tables on a single workbook, etc), there will be more pain than
benefits in migrating data to MySQL server.
There is the standard way to migrate Microsoft Excel data to MySQL server.
Export data from MS Excel spreadsheet as TXT or CSV, then create empty MySQL
table with the appripriate structure and use "LOAD DATA" MySQL
Is this method good for you? If you are an experienced programmer or
database administrator, the answer is "yes". Just remember that
you will need to define all types in the destination table manually.
While MS Excel supports Unicode by defaylt, 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
Benefits of using Excel-to-MySQL converter
Although it is very easy to use, Excel-to-MySQL provides enough capabilities to
do accurate migration for complex MS Excel spreadsheets. At the same time the migrated
results are accurate because the program does all necessary data transformation,
handles multibyte character sets and much more. If you need more control over
the migration process or just don't have direct access to the
destination MySQL server Excel-to-MySQL can export data into MySQL dump file.
Click here to learn more about Excel-to-MySQL converter.