In a Joomla 3 component I use the MySQL "LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE" command to import large CSV files into a Joomla database table.

When moving to a new server, it is no longer possible to configure MySQL via php.ini like this:

mysqli.allow_local_infile = On

The web host suggests to use this PHP command:

mysqli_options($mysqli, MYSQLI_OPT_LOCAL_INFILE, true);

What I would like to achieve is to be able to do this with the Joomla database connection object.

A) Adding a $options parameter to the JConfig object in Joomla's configuration.php did not work:

public $options = array('local_infile' => true); // <-- ??

B) Alternatively, I tried creating another database connection like this:

$option['driver']   = 'mysqli'; // Database driver name
$option['host']     = 'host';   // Database host name
$option['user']     = 'user';   // User for database authentication
$option['password'] = 'pass';   // Password for database authentication
$option['database'] = 'name';   // Database name
$option['prefix']   = 'xxx_';   // Database prefix (may be empty)

$option['option']   = array('local_infile' => true); // <-- ???

$db = JDatabaseDriver::getInstance($option);

Experimentation with replacing local_infile with allow_local_infile, mysqli.local_infile, or MYSQLI_OPT_LOCAL_INFILE does not seem to work either.

Will this even be possible with Joomla? Is there any other best practice for importing large CSV files into a Joomla database?

1 Answer 1


Updated to include the more detailed example based on the 1st comment.

I have been able to get the follow statement to work, or at least not fail, in a simple Joomla 3 Model;

$db = $this->getDbo();
if ($db->getconnection() instanceof mysqli)
    mysqli_options($db->getConnection(), MYSQLI_OPT_LOCAL_INFILE, true);

However I haven't look too hard into how to confirm that it has made the required change in the MySQL connection so you will need to do that with your function.

  • I have tried to convert this to Joomla 3 like this - but this did not work either: $connection = $db->getConnection(); if ($connection instanceof JDatabaseMySQLi) { $mysqliConnection = $connection->getDriver()->getConnection(); mysqli_options($mysqliConnection, MYSQLI_OPT_LOCAL_INFILE, true); }
    – cappu
    Jun 30, 2023 at 14:13
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    I have updated the answer to show a working example as per your comment above.
    – Irata
    Jul 1, 2023 at 8:12
  • FYI: In one of my queries, it seems to be working and is loading the CSV data correctly, but is still throwing the error. - Currently I do not see any side effects.
    – cappu
    Jul 1, 2023 at 17:27
  • On Joomla 4 the driver seems to load correctly, but I get this error message if I run my LOAD DATA LOCAL INFILE ... SQL with this code in an try catch block: '$db->setQuery($sql); $result = $db->execute();' This is the error message: This command is not supported in the prepared statement protocol yet Any ideas?
    – cappu
    Jul 28, 2023 at 19:39
  • You might like to open a new question with the message you are now getting and include what is held in $sql. You can refer/link back to this question for context.
    – Irata
    Jul 29, 2023 at 8:10

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