CodeIgniter 4 Database Seeding From CSV File Tutorial

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Inside this article we will see the concept of database seeding in CodeIgniter 4 using csv file. CodeIgniter 4 database seeding from csv file is a technique to dump test data into tables in bulk.

This tutorial will be super easy to understand and it’s steps are easier to implement in your code as well. Database seeding is the process in which we feed test data to tables. We can insert data either using Faker library, manual data or means of some more data sources like CSV, JSON.

CodeIgniter 4 Database Seeding from JSON File Tutorial, Click here.

In this tutorial we will use CSV file to seed data into database table using CodeIgniter 4.

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Let’s get started.

CodeIgniter 4 Installation

To create a CodeIgniter 4 setup run this given command into your shell or terminal. Please make sure composer should be installed.

$ composer create-project codeigniter4/appstarter codeigniter-4

Assuming you have successfully installed application into your local system.

Environment (.env) Setup

When we install CodeIgniter 4, we will have env file at root. To use the environment variables means using variables at global scope we need to do env to .env

Either we can do via renaming file as simple as that. Also we can do by terminal command.

Open project in terminal

$ cp env .env

Above command will create a copy of env file to .env file. Now we are ready to use environment variables.

Enable Development Mode

CodeIgniter starts up in production mode by default. You need to make it in development mode to see any error if you are working with application.

Open .env file from root.

# CI_ENVIRONMENT = production

 // Do it to 
CI_ENVIRONMENT = development

Now application is in development mode.

Create Database

To create a database, either we can create via Manual tool of PhpMyadmin or by means of a mysql command.

CREATE DATABASE codeigniter4_app;

Successfully, we have created a database.

Let’s connect with the application.

Database Connection

Open .env file from project root.

Search for DATABASE. You should see the connection environment variables into it. Put your updated details of database connection string values.


database.default.hostname = localhost
database.default.database = codeigniter4_app
database.default.username = admin
database.default.password = admin
database.default.DBDriver = MySQLi
database.default.DBPrefix =
database.default.port = 3306

Now, database successfully connected with the application.

Create Migration

To create table, we will create a migration file. Open project into terminal and run this spark command.

$ php spark make:migration create_countries_table

It will create a file with name 2021-08-12-041623_CreateCountriesTable.php inside /app/Database/Migrations folder.

Open migration file and write this code into it.


namespace App\Database\Migrations;

use CodeIgniter\Database\Migration;

class CreateCountriesTable extends Migration
	public function up()
			'id' => [
				'type' => 'INT',
				'constraint' => 5,
				'unsigned' => true,
				'auto_increment' => true,
			'sortname' => [
				'type' => 'VARCHAR',
				'constraint' => '10',
				'null' => false
			'name' => [
				'type' => 'VARCHAR',
				'constraint' => '100',
				'null' => false
			'phonecode' => [
				'type' => 'VARCHAR',
				'constraint' => '100',
				'null' => false

	public function down()

Run Migration

Back to terminal and run this command to migrate it.

$ php spark migrate

It will create database tables.

Prepare CSV File

As we have table countries in which columns as id, name, sortname, phonecode.

We will take a CSV file in which the columns will be ID, Sortname, Name & Phonecode. Rest we need data into it.

When you will download the given file it will be in .txt format. Rename file into .csv and place this countries.csv file inside /public/data folder.

Open countries.csv file, you should see like this OR may be in comma separated values.

Create Model

To create a model, run this spark command into terminal.

$ php spark make:model Country --suffix

It will create CountryModel.php inside /app/Models folder. Open file and write this complete code into it.


namespace App\Models;

use CodeIgniter\Model;

class CountryModel extends Model
	protected $DBGroup              = 'default';
	protected $table                = 'countries';
	protected $primaryKey           = 'id';
	protected $useAutoIncrement     = true;
	protected $insertID             = 0;
	protected $returnType           = 'array';
	protected $useSoftDelete        = false;
	protected $protectFields        = true;
	protected $allowedFields        = [

	// Dates
	protected $useTimestamps        = false;
	protected $dateFormat           = 'datetime';
	protected $createdField         = 'created_at';
	protected $updatedField         = 'updated_at';
	protected $deletedField         = 'deleted_at';

	// Validation
	protected $validationRules      = [];
	protected $validationMessages   = [];
	protected $skipValidation       = false;
	protected $cleanValidationRules = true;

	// Callbacks
	protected $allowCallbacks       = true;
	protected $beforeInsert         = [];
	protected $afterInsert          = [];
	protected $beforeUpdate         = [];
	protected $afterUpdate          = [];
	protected $beforeFind           = [];
	protected $afterFind            = [];
	protected $beforeDelete         = [];
	protected $afterDelete          = [];

Create Data Seeder

To create a data seeder, back to terminal and run this spark command into it.

$ php spark make:seeder Country --suffix

It will create a file with name CountrySeeder.php inside /app/Database/Seeds folder.

Open CountrySeeder.php and write this complete code into it.


namespace App\Database\Seeds;

use CodeIgniter\Database\Seeder;
use App\Models\CountryModel;

class CountrySeeder extends Seeder
	public function run()
		$csvFile = fopen("data/countries.csv", "r");
        // It will automatically read file from /public/data folder.

        $firstline = true;
        while (($data = fgetcsv($csvFile, 2000, ",")) !== FALSE) {
            if (!$firstline) {
				$object = new CountryModel;
					"sortname" => $data['1'],
					"name" => $data['2'],
					"phonecode" => $data['3']
            $firstline = false;


Data Seeding

Open project into terminal and run this spark command

$ php spark db:seed CountrySeeder

It will seed countries data into table. CountrySeeder is the seeder name.

We hope this article helped you to learn CodeIgniter 4 Database Seeding from CSV File Tutorial in a very detailed way.

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