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Laravel Importing SQL dumps with seeds

Seeding with Laravel is really useful for populating the database for instance a typical use case:

class TitlesDatabaseSeeder extends Seeder
     * Run the database seeds.
     * @return void
    public function run()

        Title::create(['title' => 'Mr']);
        Title::create(['title' => 'Miss']);
        Title::create(['title' => 'Ms']);
        Title::create(['title' => 'Mrs']);
        Title::create(['title' => 'Dr']);

That's fine for simple inserts but when you need to import complex data say from an export the above won't do.

Instead DB::unprepared can be used to read and run raw sql

This example will import the sql provided.

//path to sql file
$sql = base_path('dump.sql');

//collect contents and pass to DB::unprepared


David Carr

David Carr

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