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How to Export Your Joomla! Database with phpMyAdmin

We had a request from a reader to provide more detailed instructions on working with your Joomla database.

In this tutorial, I'm going to help answer his request by showing how to manually export your Joomla database.

To perform the tasks in this article, you will need phpMyAdmin installed on your server. This comes pre-installed on most hosting company servers.

Once you have logged into phpMyAdmin on your server, you should see a screen that looks like the image below.

In the left column, there should be a listing of the databases available. Click on the link to your Joomla! database. In this example, the database is simply called "joomla".

01 phpmyadmin home page

Once you have clicked on your Joomla database, you should come to a screen that looks like this. This screen lists off the tables that are in your Joomla! database.

  • Click on the tab labeled "Export".

02 joomla db tables

That should take you to a screen that looks like this:

03 joomla tables export

This is where the magic happens. Follow these simple steps, and you will have your database exported to an SQL file.

  1. Click the button labeled "Go".
  2. Save your ".sql" file to your system and make note of where you saved it.

That's all there is to it. You should now have a file on your system that is an exact copy of your Joomla! database.