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PHP library which makes the process of CSV data files imports into MySQL easier.

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Allows easy building of ready-to-import CSV collections for MySQL-compatible (like MariaDB etc.) PDO-accessible database connections.

You can add new data entries into the collection by calling appendData(array) and later load the file into the database by calling storeCollection.


The best way to install the library in your project is by using Composer:

composer require idct/php-db-csv-writer

of course you can still manually include all the required files in your project using using statements yet Composer and autoloading is more than suggested.


Create an instance:

use IDCT\CsvWriter\DbCsvWriter;
$dbCsvWriter = new DbCsvWriter();

Assign a valid MySQL-compatible PDO connection usign setPdo method.

As there are files created you need to assign a temporary storage folder using setTmpDir method. If you will not specify any then system's temp directory shall be used.

Starting a new collection

Use the startCollection method. It takes collection name as first argument and fields as the second. Colllection name is a handle for you: it does not need to match any table's name etc.; fields array must match fields' names in the future target table.

$dbCsvWriter->startCollection('firstcollection',['fieldA', 'fieldB']);

This will create a file firstcollection.csv in the storage directory set before. Any previously opened collection will be closed.

Opening a collection

To assign a previously created collection to the instance use openCollection:


Where name can be a handle to a collection in the storage directory (for example it would firstcollection if you would like to open the collection from the previous point). It can also be a full path to a csv file.

Closing and removing the collection

To close the collection without storing use closeCollection method. If you call it without any arguments:


then collection will remain assigned which further allows to remove it easily by calling


If you first detach it by calling:


then you cannot remove it afterwards.

Storing the collection in the database

To save (load into the database) the collection in the database call:


It will automatically close the collection (which flushes data into the file) and invoke LOAD DATA INFILE command on the databaes with the currently assigned collection.

Warning: by default it uses the LOCAL attribute in the query which informs the connector that file is stored on client's side (where the invoking computer is). If for some reason you want to load a file which is on an remote database server then specify the second argument during PDO assignment:

$dbCsvWriter->setPdo($pdo, false);

Verify that with isDbRemote method.


DbCsvWriter can use in-memory data buffering before saving in the CSV file. Check setBufferSize and getBufferSize methods which are wrappers over respective methods of the CsvWriter.

TODO / Contribution

At the moment the main requirement is to provide better unit tests and documentation, yet if you find any bugs or have potential feature ideas then please use Issues or Pull Requests, it is more than welcome! I will try to reply ASAP.

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