Here’s how to run sql file inside a docker container in a laravel project. But before we start, I assume you already have a dockerize laravel project in your local. If not you may follow my previous tutorial


  1. Place your sql file in your laravel root folder

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  1. Copy the SQL file into the mysql docker container by executing the command below.

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docker cp laravel-task_db laravel_mysql:/laravel-task_db

laravel-task_db.sql – sql file

laravel_mysql – name of my mysql container

  1. Launch a mysql bash terminal inside your docker container by executing the commands below.

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docker ps – copy the the container_id of laravel_mysql

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docker exec -it [mysql_container_id] bash
  1. Login to MySql

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mysql -u root -p (default password is password)
show databases;

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use laravel;

– laravel is the name of our database

source laravel-task_db.sql

– execute this command to run the sql file

Note: To run sql file in postgre, execute command below:

 psql laravel_mysql < laravel-task_db.sql