CodeIgniter 4 Export MySQL Table Data into CSV File Tutorial

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Inside this article we will see the concept of CodeIgniter 4 Export MySQL Table Data into CSV File format. Article contains the classified information about this topic. You will get the whole idea to dump your database data into CSV file.

If we have an application which basically built for reporting then we need some kind of function which export tabular data into CSV format.

In this article we will export data from 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.

.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.

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.


database.default.hostname = localhost
database.default.database = codeigniter4_app
database.default.username = root
database.default.password = root
database.default.DBDriver = MySQLi
database.default.DBPrefix =

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 2021-08-12-041623_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.

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 DataController.php 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);

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

We hope this article helped you to learn about CodeIgniter 4 Export MySQL Table Data into CSV File Tutorial in a very detailed way.

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