MySQL can't use "LOAD DATA INFILE", secure-file-priv option is preventing execution.

I am trying to run a simple code to mysql db but it’s preventing me to do so. The code is tested on my xampp environment and it works.

the code that i am trying to use is this:

LOAD DATA INFILE '/var/www/laravelapp/storage/app/file.txt' 

the error that I get is: ERROR 1290 (HY000): The MySQL server is running with the --secure-file-priv option so it cannot execute this statement

I have searched for a fix and a lot of people recommend to add secure-file-priv = "" to my.cnf file under the mysqld config group

But I know that i am missing smth because I have added the configuration line at my.cnf file restarted mysql server with the commands:

service mysql restart
service mysql stop
service mysql start
/etc/init.d/mysql restart

This is part of my.cnf file:

# This was formally known as [safe_mysqld]. Both versions are currently parsed.
socket          = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
nice            = 0

# * Basic Settings
secure-file-priv = ""
user            = mysql
pid-file        = /var/run/mysqld/
socket          = /var/run/mysqld/mysqld.sock
port            = 3306
basedir         = /usr
datadir         = /var/lib/mysql
tmpdir          = /tmp
lc-messages-dir = /usr/share/mysql
# Instead of skip-networking the default is now to listen only on
# localhost which is more compatible and is not less secure.
bind-address            =
# * Fine Tuning

Also tried to add it at the end of the file, in other parts, or to change the syntax:

secure-file-priv = " "
secure_file_priv = ""
secure_file_priv = " "

but still without success.

Pls any idea how can I run:


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Try to check also the username privileges with the commands:

mysql> show grants for user; mysql> select * from user where User=‘user’ \G;

The correct variable syntax is as shown below: secure-file-priv = “”

mysql> SHOW VARIABLES LIKE “secure_file_priv”;

| Variable_name    | Value                 |
| secure_file_priv | /var/lib/mysql-files/ |

the idea is that I want to run these files from my web server’s directory: /var/www/laravelapp/storage/app/ and not from : /var/lib/mysql-files/

When i try what you suggested I face this problem:

mysql> LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE '/var/www/shoppingcart/storage/app/file.txt'  INTO TABLE prove FIELDS TERMINATED BY '|';

ERROR 1148 (42000): The used command is not allowed with this MySQL version

 mysql -V

mysql Ver 14.14 Distrib 5.5.53, for debian-linux-gnu (x86_64) using readline 6.3

I don’t know if there is another workaround this problem or should I just swap to MariaDB but then again I am not sure if the problem still persists there too.

There are a couple options to get around this.

-Identify the directory specified from which you can import your file with a command like:

SHOW VARIABLES LIKE "secure_file_priv";

-Or, you can use LOCAL in your query. This way the file is imported by the client (not the server) and provided through the existing client connection.


You can find more on this here.