6.4.1 Exporting Access Data to MySQL

To export a table of data from an Access database to MySQL, follow these instructions:

  1. When you open an Access database or an Access project, a Database window appears. It displays shortcuts for creating new database objects and opening existing objects.

    Access Database
  2. Click the name of the table or query to export, and then in the File menu, select Export.

  3. In the Export Object Type Object name To dialog box, in the Save As Type box, select ODBC Databases () as shown here:

    Selecting an ODBC Database
  4. In the Export dialog box, enter a name for the file (or use the suggested name), and then select OK.

  5. The Select Data Source dialog box is displayed; it lists the defined data sources for any ODBC drivers installed on your computer. Click either the File Data Source or Machine Data Source tab, and then double-click the Connector/ODBC or Connector/ODBC 3.51 data source to export to. To define a new data source for Connector/ODBC, please Section 5.3, “Configuring a Connector/ODBC DSN on Windows”.


Ensure that the information that you are exporting to the MySQL table is valid for the corresponding MySQL data types. Values that are outside of the supported range of the MySQL data type but valid within Access may trigger an overflow error during the export.

Microsoft Access connects to the MySQL Server through this data source and exports new tables and or data.