mysql_dump can be used to take backups of MySQL databases by generating files with SQL commands similar to the output of mysql_dump program. It can also restore a database from SQL commands generated by the backup process.
mysql_dump can generate the backup output of one or more databases. It may also backup all tables of a database or just a few tables.
The output may be stored in a file or served for download. It may have line breaks characters compliant with either Unix/Linux, Windows or Mac OS.