I imported my live sites SQL backup into Xampp. I have named the new database wordpress and configured wp-config.php with the database name wordpress, user root, empty password.

Then I went to localhost/wordpress and it prompted me to install.php and I entered site name, user, password, e-mail etc. I then logged in and noticed my posts were not there. So I checked the database and there was a new set of tables added. So I selected all of them and dropped them hoping it would activate the backup I have in there. No luck. I went to localhost/wordpress and install.php prompted me for the same info and again created those tables in the database.

I also saw several posts suggesting to delete the index.html in Xampp so I did that and it did nothing.

How do I view the data from the backup I have in the database?

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    you said you see two sets of tables. what is the prefix of the tables you want to use (default is wp_ but may be different). make sure this prefix matches what's defined in your wp-config.php Jan 27, 2015 at 23:58
  • I changed the table prefix in wp-config. The db prefix is wp_fgfg_ so I changed wp-config to reflect that and when I ran install.php it created new tables in the database that have the prefix wp_fgfg without the _ at the end. I did this all on my server and it worked fine and I am doing the same exact thing with XAMPP and it doesn't work. Jan 28, 2015 at 3:55
  • I also changed the urls already in the options table. Do I have to open the DB and do a find and replace and then import it again? I don't assume that is the issue here tho. Jan 28, 2015 at 3:57
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    change the value in wp-config.php to "wp_fgfg" - no _ on the end. Jan 28, 2015 at 11:45
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    Did you resolve your issue?
    – mor7ifer
    Feb 5, 2015 at 15:01

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Your issue likely lies somewhere within wp-config.php. You should not need to run any install if your tables already exist, the wp-admin/install.php is only used when no tables are detected with the settings in wp-config.php.

Going through parameter by parameter, I'll give you some idea of what everything is.

DB_NAME is the name of the database that WordPress should access. Make sure this is set to the database that you want to use.

DB_USER and DB_PASSWORD are the login credentials. As you are not getting a database connection error, these are likely correct.

DB_HOST is how WordPress is to connect to the database. Again, no database error likely means this is fine.

Don't worry about DB_CHARSET and DB_COLLATE unless you have specific reasons to change them, it's just database settings.

The last thing you need to worry about is $table_prefix. Based on the comments, my best guess is that this is your issue. If you look at the tables you imported, they should all be named something like wp_posts, wp_options, etc. Whatever the common thread between them is is what you need to set as the prefix. Make sure you set it EXACTLY the same, including the _ if it's on there. WordPress doesn't add anything to this, it just concatenates the table name onto the end of it.

  • great point. Keep in mind, the prefix is towards the bottom of the config file! I forgot it! Oct 1, 2020 at 21:38

Changing $table_prefix in wp-config.php worked for me (default is wp_).

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