Dumping data from MySQL might be seem like a covered topic, but just so it’s clear, you aren’t stuck outputting SQL. There’s at least 3 options for outputting data.
Option 1: The SQL way
Good’ole fashioned structured query language output of your whole database in a single file.
mysqldump -u root -p -f your_schema_name_here > your_schema_name.sql
Option 2: XML
The –xml switch will preserve the hierarchy of your table data and format it to XML.
mysqldump -u root -p -f --xml your_schema_name_here > your_schema_name.xml
Option 3: Delimited Data
This is where things get interesting from a artifact perspective. The –tab switch requires that you choose an output path and then creates a .sql file containing the table structure and a .txt file containing the delimited data for each table in the schema.
e.g. CSV Output
mysqldump -u root -p -f --skip-lock-tables --tab=/tmp/csv/ --fields-optionally-enclosed-by='"' --fields-terminated-by=',' --lines-terminated-by='\n' your_schema_name_here
*Note: I added line breaks to the above script for readability.