Having formatting problems when exporting table from phpMyAdmin ..


May 19, 2013
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I'm having some trouble in exporting some data directly from phpMyAdmin. I'm selecting a table in phpMyAdmin, from a specific database, and then I'm exporting that table in Excel based CSV format.

The table I'm exporting has 2 columns in it:

Movie Name | Description
Movie Name contains a name, such as Argo. No problems in the movie name. The corresponding entry for Description contains this:

<h2>Product Details</h2>

    <li><b>Actors:</b> Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, Alan Arkin, John Goodman</li>
    <li><b>Directors:</b> Ben Affleck</li>
    <li><b>Writers:</b> Chris Terrio</li>
    <li><b>Producers:</b> Ben Affleck, Grant Heslov, George Clooney, David Klawans, Nina Wolarsky</li>
    <li><b>Format:</b> AC-3, Blu-ray, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen</li>
    <li><b>Language:</b> English, Spanish</li>
    <li><b>Subtitles:</b> Spanish, Portuguese, French</li>
    <li><b>Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired:</b> English</li>
    <li><b>Region:</b> Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)</li>
    <li><b>Aspect Ratio:</b> 2.40:1</li>
    <li><b>Number of discs:</b> 2</li>
    <li><b>Rated: </b> <span class=""medSprite s_medR ""><span>R (Restricted)</span></span></li>
    <li><b>Studio:</b> Warner Home Video</li>
    <li><b>DVD Release Date:</b> February 19, 2013</li>
    <li><b>Run Time:</b> 120 minutes</li>
That is, the WHOLE HTML block above is the Description value for that Argo record.

But when I export the above from phpMyAdmin, this is what I see for the Movie Name & Description combined:

Argo;&lt;h2&gt;Product Details&lt;/h2&gt;                   

    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Actors:&lt;/b&gt; Ben Affleck     Bryan Cranston  Alan Arkin  John Goodman&lt;/li&gt;        
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Directors:&lt;/b&gt; Ben Affleck&lt;/li&gt;                  
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Writers:&lt;/b&gt; Chris Terrio&lt;/li&gt;                   
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Producers:&lt;/b&gt; Ben Affleck  Grant Heslov    George Clooney  David Klawans   Nina Wolarsky&lt;/li&gt;   
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Format:&lt;/b&gt; AC-3    Blu-ray     Dolby   NTSC    Subtitled   Widescreen&lt;/li&gt;
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Language:&lt;/b&gt; English   Spanish&lt;/li&gt;             
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Subtitles:&lt;/b&gt; Spanish  Portuguese  French&lt;/li&gt;          
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired:&lt;/b&gt; English&lt;/li&gt;                 
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Region:&lt;/b&gt; Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)&lt;/li&gt;                   
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Aspect Ratio:&lt;/b&gt; 2.40:1&lt;/li&gt;                    
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Number of discs:&lt;/b&gt; 2&lt;/li&gt;                  
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Rated: &lt;/b&gt; &lt;span class=&quot;medSprite s_medR &quot;&gt;&lt;span&gt;R (Restricted)&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/span&gt;&lt;/li&gt;                    
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Studio:&lt;/b&gt; Warner Home Video&lt;/li&gt;                   
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;DVD Release Date:&lt;/b&gt; February 19   2013&lt;/li&gt;                
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Digital Copy Expiration Date:&lt;/b&gt; February 19   2015 (Click here for more information)&lt;/li&gt;              
    &lt;li&gt;&lt;b&gt;Run Time:&lt;/b&gt; 120 minutes&lt;/li&gt;                   
Secondly, the CSV file that I output from phpMyAdmin puts the individual lines from the above block into separate Excel rows and columns. This is not what I want.

How can I export data from phpMyAdmin such that the whole Description block appears in just ONE excel cell, next to the corresponding movie name ?

And also, if possible (although not required), have the Description shown in normal HTML tags (like in the top most code block shown in this thread) ?

This is what I want:

Argo | .....Complete Argo HTML here.....

Batman Begins | .....Complete Batman Begins HTML here.....

Flight | .....Complete Flight HTML here.....

Fight | .....Complete Fight HTML here.....
How can I export from phpMyAdmin so that the output is in the above mentioned format ?


Staff member
Apr 11, 2011
Hello :)

It's likely this is a limitation of the phpMyAdmin software itself. I suggest browsing their forums at:

phpMyAdmin Discussions

I noticed several CSV export threads there that could be helpful.

Thank you.