MySql Import Error Unknown collation: ‘utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci’

My Sql Errors are common in the web development field. You can see too many errors but “Unknown collation: ‘utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci’” is the error occurs due to the database format.

How to solve Unknown collation: ‘utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci’ ?

This error occurs while import .sql file to new server from your localhost. Your localhost phpmyadmin database format may be varied from your current server that’s y this error occurs.

Follow the steps to solve Unknown collation: ‘utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci’ error

  • Login to your localhost phpmyadmin panel and choose the database
  • Export the database file
  • Unknown collation: ‘utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci’


  • Open .sql file in your code editor. I recommend using the sublime text editor
  • Find utf8mb4_unicode_520_ci 
  • Replace with utf8_general_ci
  • Find utf8mb4
  • Replace utf8

CHARSET=utf8 COLLATE=utf8_general_ci;

  • click Replace all. After your successful replacement save the file and go to your new phpmyadmin and import the database by choosing your old .sql file.
  • Here i am using my worpress database .sql file to move my wordpress from localhost to new server.

Note: I got information from stack overflow .


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