I have a MySQL database for which I wish to dump schemas for views. How do I do this? I tried mysqldump with --no-data, but that only dumps table schemas.


I think you might either be passing some other options to mysqldump, or using a version of mysqldump that doesn't understand views (perhaps it's too old). When I run mysqldump --no-data, it does dump out the view definitions. See the below:

/*!50013 DEFINER=`root`@`localhost` SQL SECURITY DEFINER */
/*!50001 VIEW `t` AS select 1 AS `1` */;
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    maybe the questioner didn't have a look in the mysqldump? To dump the views commented out is a very bad style by MySQL. There should at least a hint in the docs, but there is none. – Thomas Berger Aug 17 '11 at 19:22
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    Nevermind, I was wrong. It did dump the views. Thank god. Cool. – Chad Johnson Aug 17 '11 at 19:33
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    These are conditional comments that execute depending on your version of MySQL, see: dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.6/en/comments.html – Gary Aug 15 '13 at 19:43

Use --opt option while making the dump:

mysqldump -hserver -uUser -ppasswd -no-data --opt export > export.sql
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    Although for security reasons, I'd not put the password on the command line, I'd let the program prompt for it. – mdpc Nov 29 '12 at 20:41
  • I think we need to clarify that export in the command is a specific schema/database name i.e. NOT a mysqldump syntax – Nam G VU Feb 6 '17 at 8:01

Mysqldump won't have any options to dump only on views.The below command will help you to take the backup of only views.

mysql -uroot -pPassword INFORMATION_SCHEMA --skip-column-names -e "select table_name from tables where table_type = 'VIEW' and table_schema = 'sakila'" | xargs mysqldump -u root -pPassword sakila > only_views.sql


The other answers did not but this worked for me...

mysqldump --skip-comments --skip-opt --complete-insert --add-drop-table --database dbname -p

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