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Invalid field count in csv input on line 1

When importing CSV data into my MySQL database using PHPMyAdmin, I found following error: Invalid field count in csv input on line 1.

It’s odd since I’ve manually count field numbers and compared with column on my CSV files, they’re exactly match.

Then I found something strange. PHPMyAdmin is automatically use semicolon ( ; ) as field delimiter instead of comma ( , ). Quick fix for this problem is to change the delimiter symbol manually.

phpMyAdmin screenshot

In the picture above, I replaced semicolon (rounded with blue circle) with comma and everything is alright.

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  1. mh 03/08/2009

    it’s not a bug, it follow old excel csv pattern

  2. jport 10/08/2009

    Thanks! This really helped alot. Spent a good while trying to find problem, and its something as small as this.

    Thanks again

  3. escoret 24/08/2009

    ndal….kowe kie mbahas opo tho?

  4. sandalian 03/09/2009

    Thanks for your acknowledgement 😉

    nice to hear that 🙂

  5. mobilewap 05/09/2009

    WOW thanks for the info, i uploaded a csv files successfully because of your advise. Great job!

  6. ngupingers 07/10/2009

    sopo yo.admine..salam kenal..
    sopo = siapa
    admine = administratornya

  7. detnot 17/10/2009

    ember jeng

  8. Ayden 26/11/2009

    you’ve got no idea how much you just helped me out right here!

    Thanks a million!

  9. yudhi 27/11/2009

    hehehe, biasanya itu dari mysql lama ke mysql baru.

  10. Gangadhara 01/12/2009

    Nice post, it is working fine.

  11. James Bayley 03/12/2009

    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    I’d been pulling out my hair for two hours until I stumbled upon your site.

    Comma vs. semicolon… phew – I didn’t spot that. Amazing what grief one pixel’s difference can cause.

    phpMyAdmin can go stuff its semicolon right up its last two syllables of the aforementioned punctuation mark.

    Terima kasih banyak

  12. Alan 11/01/2010

    Thank you. I have been looking all day on the web trying to get an answer. My upload worked fine.



  13. ramon damuag 25/01/2010

    thank you so much ,helped me a lot . .

  14. Nicola 08/02/2010

    Thanks, This had been driving me mad for some time!

  15. MK 19/02/2010

    Wow to think PHP used to not do this and does now.

    This is stupid and the sheer number of posts i have seen of users with this problem i can’t believe they did soemthing so stupid just to maintain the old excel standard, clearly CSV stands for COMMA separated value.

  16. Outdoor lanterns 29/04/2010

    this just saved me a whole bunch of time

  17. sunny 19/05/2010

    thanks, it saved my time.


  18. alay 02/06/2010

    SESAT LOhh

  19. Floris 12/06/2010

    In my CSV file the fields were surrounded by ” (double quotes).
    Please be sure there are no double quotes INSIDE THE FIELDS. Open your CSV file in Excel or scalc (openoffice suite):
    – In scalc go to Edit > Find /Replace
    – In Excel follow this steps:

    Replace all the ” (double quotes) with ‘ (single quotes).

    Another problem was with the DATETIME fields in MYSQL. In scalc select them all and right-click on them > Format Cells > and put “JJ-MM-DD UU:MM:SS” in the Format code box.

    I’m only allowed to have in MYSQL first the year, then the month and then the day. For example “2009-12-29”.

    After following these steps it worked for me.

    And BTW, if there are still problems, open your CSV with Notepad or another text editor and check if every line has the right count of fields.

  20. Vignesh 24/06/2010

    Thanks a lot, saved a lot of time

  21. Lindsey 07/07/2010

    Wow, thanks for this… I was going insane 🙂 x

  22. Juan 21/09/2010

    Thank you very much, sooo simple!

  23. Vivek 14/10/2010


    its relay Great!

    its helped me alot.

    really Thanks….

    CHPL pune

  24. Ali 22/10/2010

    i have same problem but still unable to solve it as per your above instructions

  25. M 22/10/2010

    I have funded best solution

    First of all open CSV file in Microsoft Excel and save it again with new name then

    To solve this I had to do the following:

    Browse for your csv file.
    Select CSV using LOAD DATA (rather than just CSV)
    Change “Fields terminated by” from “;” to “,”
    Make sure “Use LOCAL keyword” is selected.
    Click “Go”

  26. Website Design Sheffield 17/11/2010

    Cheers for this, really saved my ass

  27. Frank 30/11/2010

    The above problem is probably due to the Windows default setting in Regional Settings (Control Panel) for the CSV file separator. It seems the USA and UK use different default values.

  28. Phil 17/12/2010

    Excellent tip, you solved my problem instantly with CSV imports!

  29. Gilbert Midonnet 11/01/2011

    Another useful trick, when you’re having problems importing an Access table, is to open up the file in TextPad (or some other editor) and examine your data. You’ll probably find many errors. For instance if you have ” in your text field you’ll have to change it something else. I find that Access search and replace can be a little tempermental, so simply telling Access to replace the ” with a ^ doesn’t always work as expected.

  30. Maggie 19/01/2011

    Cool Stuff!!!

  31. Adam 08/03/2011

    Great job, I got this when trying to upload a csv database after editing it, I thought I broke it lol.


  32. BGJ 26/05/2011

    Floris: Thanks!

  33. Scott 15/07/2011

    I’ve tried everything you said but only the first row out of 142 rows gets inserted. I also have this issue. I have 8 columns A thru H.
    In the DB the first field is Product_ID and its set to auto increment. Even only after only one row being inserted the data in the CSV file does not transfer over to the same DB fields as they should (out of sync). Very frustrated.

  34. golavskiydm 18/08/2011

    Thank’s a lot for decision of the problem. It’s work!

  35. meksi 17/09/2011

    Thanks a billion!

  36. Adan 07/02/2012

    Thanks! I also had trouble with uploading a CSV created in Excel, but removing quotation mark in ‘Fields enclosed by’ field I was able to fix it.

    Thanks again!

  37. Mike 09/02/2012

    VERY helpful thanks. I kept getting errors! This worked perfectly.

    Thanks again,

  38. Thank 12/02/2012

    oh .. thank you so much ^^” .. i try to solve this problem by myself very long time

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