In MySQL, the INSERT IGNORE statement is a variant of the INSERT command. It is used to insert rows into a table while effectively handling potential errors that might arise during the insertion process. 

When you use INSERT IGNORE, MySQL will continue with the insert operation even if errors occur. The errors could be due to reasons like duplicate data for a PRIMARY KEY or UNIQUE index, data type issues, etc. Instead of stopping and returning an error message, MySQL just issues a warning and continues to execute the next row in the list.


The syntax for INSERT IGNORE is similar to the regular INSERT statement:

INSERT IGNORE INTO table_name (column1, column2, ... )
(value1, value2, ... ),
(value3, value4, ... ),

Demo Database 

Let's consider a Students table for our examples: 


1John Doe
2Jane Smith

StudentID is the PRIMARY KEY in this table.



If we try to insert a row with an existing StudentID:

INSERT IGNORE INTO Students (StudentID, StudentName) 
VALUES (1, 'Tom Hanks');

In this case, since StudentID 1 already exists, a normal INSERT operation would result in an error. However, because we've used INSERT IGNORE, MySQL just issues a warning and does not insert the row, allowing the operation to proceed without stopping the execution.


The INSERT IGNORE statement in MySQL provides an effective way of handling potential errors during data insertion. It allows MySQL to continue inserting data despite encountering issues, which is particularly helpful in large-scale data import scenarios. 

Keep in mind that while INSERT IGNORE prevents interruption of data insertion, it does not solve the underlying issues causing the errors. Therefore, it's important to examine and address any warnings generated during the process. It's also crucial to use INSERT IGNORE wisely, as ignoring errors may sometimes lead to unexpected results or data inconsistencies.