Access to MySQL

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Latest version 6.5.3 released 07/11/2016

Access-to-MySQL is a powerful and reliable tool to migrate databases from MS Access to MySQL, MariaDB or Percona server. Support for command line arguments allows to script, automate and schedule the conversion process.

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Virtual Server users option

If you are using Virtual Server hosting you probably have no sufficient privileges to create new databases on the target MySQL server. For this case we recommend the following approach:

  1. ask your Virtual Server administrator to create blank database on MySQL server
  2. run the converter and select this database as destination of MS Access to MySQL migration
  3. select "Overwrite existing tables only" option when the program asks how to process existing MySQL database

When you complete these steps, the entire contents of source MS Access database will be imported into the specified MySQL database.

Export to MySQL dump file

Access to MySQL database converter allows to export data from .mdb and .accdb files even when there is no direct connection to MySQL server. Following this way, the program exports MS Access database into local script file instead of migrating it to the server. The resulting file contains SQL statements to create all tables and to fill them with the data. Click here to learn how to import this script file into MySQL database.

Converting queries

Access to MySQL converter can process about 90% of syntax constructions used in Microsoft Access queries. Some of the conversion rules are described in this whitepaper. Below there is example of conversion results for the query containing 'join'-constructions and few calls of MS Access embedded functions.

Here is how it looked into Microsoft Access:

And this is the resulting view in the destination database:

Quick Lauch

Once you stored conversion settings into profile you can run the program in Quick Launch mode. Just launch Windows Explorer and double-click on the profile description (.a2s) file with left mouse button. This will cause MS Access to MySQL wizard to launch conversion loading the necessary settings from the specified profile. Then you will be taken right to the screen with progress of conversion without entering all conversion settings.


Access to MySQL converter implements synchronization as combination of insert MS Access records that are missing in the destination table and update existing MySQL records with Microsoft Access data. For synchronization purpose source and destination tables must have identical structures and have primary key or unique index defined. Assume both MS Access and MySQL databases have table "People" defined as below:

	ID Integer NOT NULL, 
	FName Text(50)/VARCHAR(50),
	LName Text(50)/VARCHAR(50), 
	EMail Text(50)/VARCHAR(50), 
        Primary Key (ID)

This table has the following contents in MS Access database:

    2	Andrew		White
    3   Phil		Johnson

In MySQL database:

    1	John		Smith
    2	Andrew		White

After migrating MS Access data to MySQL in "Synchronize" mode MS Access table is kept untouched and MySQL table is modified as (pay attention to the field marked red):

    1	John		Smith
    2	Andrew		White
    3	Phil		Johnson

Customize table structure

Manual table structure customization can be accessed by double click on the corresponding table name in "Selected tables" list of "Step 5 of 7" wizard page. This will cause the following dialog box to appear:

To customize type mapping select the appropriate item in the listview on the left and specify new name, type and default value for the field using "Field info" group of controls. Please note that listview on the left contains column attributes of the original types mapping, new custom types and attributes will be displayed in "Field info" controls when the corresponding item is highlighted in the listview.

Try before you buy

Still not sure the program fits your needs? Try free demo version with limited features. It converts only five records for each database table, it does NOT convert queries/views and relationships between tables. Test the quality of the demo and come back to place an order if satisfied with the results.



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