mysql -u username -p database_name < file.sql
Check MySQL Options.
Note-1: It is better to use the full path of the SQL file file.sql.
Note-2: Use -R and –triggers to keep the routines and triggers of original database. They are not copied by default.
Note-3 You may have to create the (empty) database from mysql if it doesn’t exist already and the exported SQL don’t contain CREATE DATABASE (exported with –no-create-db or -n option), before you can import it.
A common use of mysqldump is for making a backup of an entire database:
shell> mysqldump db_name > backup-file.sql
You can load the dump file back into the server like this:
shell> mysql db_name < backup-file.sql
The same in Windows command prompt:
mysql -p -u [user] [database] < backup-file.sql