I have a large SQL file. Can I use this in my module installer?


Yes, if you follow the naming conventions for install scripts. For example:


Or as data install script (if you are not adding/changing tables):

app/code/local/Your/Module/data/your_module_setup/data-install-1.0.0.sql app/code/local/Your/Module/data/your_module_setup/data-upgrade-1.0.0-1.0.1.sql

Update: for data install scripts, the SQL extension is not working.

You need to define the setup resource your_module_setup and the current version number in the module's config.xml like this:


Clarification: Magento looks for files with this pattern that either end in ".php" or ".sql", you should only have one of them per upgrade, but not both.

If you want to know how they are executed, see Mage_Core_Model_Resource_Setup::modifyResourceDb()

  • Is it ".sql" or ".php" ?
    – Vicky Dev
    Jan 11 '16 at 10:20
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    sql. Magento looks for both and treats them accordingly Jan 11 '16 at 10:20
  • Thanks for info. Just for clarification, if ".sql" then only we can use mysql queries syntaxes in it, and if ".php" then both mysql and php, right ?
    – Vicky Dev
    Jan 11 '16 at 10:22
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    That's correct. Jan 11 '16 at 10:25
  • Thank's ! Working with the SQL file now. Great answer
    – Kurdt94
    Jan 11 '16 at 15:47

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