If you want to make a backup of your database or just want to create a dump to migrate your db to another provider, you need to do these steps:
1. Connect to your running application trough SSH. To do that you need to click this link on OpenShift and run the displayed command.
2. Create the dump using this command:
mysqldump -u $OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_USERNAME -h $OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_HOST --password=$OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_PASSWORD $OPENSHIFT_GEAR_NAME > dump.sql
3. After that you can scp the dump to any location you want.
If you are trying to upload a WordPress site to OpenShift you will have to make the following adjustments to your wp-config.php file:
// ** MySQL settings - You can get this info from your web host ** //
/** The name of the database for WordPress */
/** MySQL database username */
/** MySQL database password */
/** MySQL hostname */
define('DB_HOST', $_ENV['OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_HOST'] . ':' . $_ENV['OPENSHIFT_MYSQL_DB_PORT']);
This will help WordPress to use the environment variables that OpenShift setup to connect to MySQL.