Importing text holding links fra a CSV file to MySQL

Peter Kroman
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Hi,

I have an Excel CSV file with appr. 40.000 lines. This file contains in one column text holding links which I need to use in SQL.
For example:
Sk-rmbillede-2017-11-18-12.58.32.png
When I import the CSV file to MySQL this column is imported as raw text. The field type i use for this column is VARCHAR.

My question is if there is any way that I can import this file in a way so the links embedded in the text gets active and working?
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Pawan KumarDatabase Expert
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>> My question is if there is any way that I can import this file in a way so the links embedded in the text gets active and working?

Links active means ? - it will be simple text only. If you select the data from the table it will simple text only.
Peter KromanSales Executive

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Links active means that the links are working as links. And my question is if there is any way I can avoid to manually edit appr. 40.000 lines
Pawan KumarDatabase Expert
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>>Links active means that the links are working as links.

No. This is not possible. If you just select the data

And my question is if there is any way I can avoid to manually edit appr. 40.000 lines

Not clear ?? Where are you editing - in the database ?? With proper access one can edit the column.
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Peter KromanSales Executive

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I am editing in the Excel file and importing it to MySQL.
Pawan KumarDatabase Expert
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Yes we can edit the file since it is in our hands. If you dont want anyone else to edit the you can protect that using password protection.
And if you dont want anyone else to edit the column in DB then you can have to handle its access.
Peter KromanSales Executive

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I think we are talking in opposite directions. This is not about access limitation ot about where things are edited. This is about avoiding the need to manually edit appr. 40.000 lines, no matter if the editing is in the database or in a CSV file which is imported afterwords :)
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What editing you need ?
Peter KromanSales Executive

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I need to change the text to a link. For example:

In the field is says: Sk-rmbillede-2017-11-18-14.10.23.pngEmbedded in that text is this link:
https://www.sa.dk/ao-soegesider/da/billedviser?bsid=10706

and it is the link I need to use and not the text.
You can add this function and extract address from hyperlink:
Function extractURL(cell As Range) As String
    extractURL = cell.Hyperlinks(1).Address
End Function

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You can use below to extract the url -

Option 1: If you want to run this operation one time
Open up a new workbook.
Get into VBA (Press Alt+F11)
Insert a new module (Insert > Module)
Copy and Paste the Excel user defined function below
Press F5 and click “Run”
Get out of VBA (Press Alt+Q)
Sub ExtractHL()
Dim HL As Hyperlink
For Each HL In ActiveSheet.Hyperlinks
HL.Range.Offset(0, 1).Value = HL.Address
Next
End Sub

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Peter KromanSales Executive

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Thanks to Als315 and Kumar,

@Kumar - your excel makro was just what I was searching for. It works perfectly. Thanks a lot :)
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Welcome. Glad to help.

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