ImportAssist Unable to Connect


You may see the following error while attempting to perform an import using ImportAssist:

Unable to connect to the database


This error indicates that ImportAssist cannot establish a connection to the source database from which it is importing the data. This may be due to an issue with the database connection details in ImportAssist, a remote server configuration, or the MySQL® user’s configuration.


To troubleshoot this further, check whether the following statements are true:

  • The database connection details in ImportAssist are valid.
  • The database host is valid relative to the WHMCS installation that is using ImportAssist. If the source database is on the same server, try using localhost or 127.0. 0.1.
  • If the source data is remote, the server allows remote MySQL access.
  • The MySQL service on the source server is online and remotely accessible.
  • The specified MySQL user has full access to the desired database.


Fix the discovered issue and retry the import.

Last modified: May 29, 2024