CodeIgniter 4 Export MySQL Table Data into CSV File Tutorial

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Exporting data from a MySQL database table into a CSV (Comma-Separated Values) file is a common requirement in web applications, facilitating easy data exchange and analysis. In CodeIgniter 4, implementing this functionality allows developers to seamlessly export MySQL table data into a CSV file for further processing or storage.

In this tutorial, we’ll see the comprehensive process of exporting MySQL table data into a CSV file using CodeIgniter 4.

We will consider table employees. Employees table will have the columns and their attributes as –

  • id [INTEGER]
  • name [STRING]
  • email [STRING]
  • mobile [STRING]

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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.

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Create Database

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

We will use MySQL command to create database. Run this command into Sql tab of PhpMyAdmin.

CREATE DATABASE codeigniter4_app;

Successfully, we have created a database.

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_employees_table

It will create a file with name xxx_CreateEmployeesTable.php inside /app/Database/Migrations folder.

Open migration file and write this code into it.


namespace App\Database\Migrations;

use CodeIgniter\Database\Migration;

class CreateEmployeesTable extends Migration
	public function up()
			'id' => [
				'type' => 'INT',
				'constraint' => 5,
				'unsigned' => true,
				'auto_increment' => true,
			'name' => [
				'type' => 'VARCHAR',
				'constraint' => '100',
				'null' => false
			'email' => [
				'type' => 'VARCHAR',
				'constraint' => '50',
				'null' => false
			'mobile' => [
				'type' => 'VARCHAR',
				'constraint' => '30',
				'null' => false

	public function down()

Run Migration

Back to terminal and run this command to migrate it.

php spark migrate

It will create employees table in database.

Let’s consider Test data into table.

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Sample Data Rows

We will insert some fake rows into table. There are multiple ways to insert fake rows – Using Seeder, Using Raw Query.

We will dump fake employees using a mysql query into employees table.

-- Dumping data for table `employees`

INSERT INTO `employees` (`id`, `name`, `email`, `mobile`) VALUES
(1, 'Sanjay Kumar', '', '1234567895'),
(2, 'Ashish Kumar', '', '7412589635'),
(3, 'Vijay Kumar', '', '9632587410'),
(4, 'Dhananjay Negi', '', '8529637410'),
(5, 'Ajit Kumar', '', '9658741230'),
(6, 'Suman Yadav', '', '2635897410'),
(7, 'Mandeep Singh', '', '8526937410'),
(8, 'Sourav Sukhla', '', '8974563210'),
(9, 'Raman Singh', '', '8596347158'),
(10, 'Suneel Rana', '', '1547896304'),
(11, 'Vikram Singh', '', '8526934710');

You will see, table will look like this after successful insertion.

Now, we need to dump these data into CSV format. You can consider your own data in application.

Create Model

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

php spark make:model Employee --suffix

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


namespace App\Models;

use CodeIgniter\Model;

class EmployeeModel extends Model
	protected $DBGroup              = 'default';
	protected $table                = 'employees';
	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 Controller

Next, we need to create a controller file

php spark make:controller Data --suffix

It will create a file DataController.php at /app/Controllers folder.

Open file and write this complete code into it.


namespace App\Controllers;

use App\Controllers\BaseController;
use App\Models\EmployeeModel;

class DataController extends BaseController
	public function downloadCSVReport()
		$empObject = new EmployeeModel();

		$employees = $empObject->findAll();

		header('Content-Type: text/csv; charset=utf-8');
		header('Content-Disposition: attachment; filename=employees-' . date("Y-m-d-h-i-s") . '.csv');
		$output = fopen('php://output', 'w');

		fputcsv($output, array('Id', 'Name', 'Email', 'Mobile'));

		if (count($employees) > 0) {

			foreach ($employees as $employee) {

				$employee_row = [

				fputcsv($output, $employee_row);

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Add Route

Open Routes.php from /app/Config folder and add this route into it.




Application Testing

Open project terminal and start development server via command:

php spark serve

URL: http://localhost:8080/download-csv

When you hit above URL, it will download a CSV file with name employees-{datetime}.csv

That’s it.

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