Does SELECT TOP command exist in MySQL to select limited number of records?

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There is no concept of TOP in MySQL. The alternate way to write your query is using LIMIT i.e to select 2 records, you need to use TOP 2. Let us see the syntax for the same in MySQL

SELECT *FROM yourTableName ORDER BY yourColumnName DESC LIMIT 2;

To understand the above syntax, let us create a table. The query to create a table is as follows

mysql> create table Top2Demo
   - > (
   - > Id int NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT PRIMARY KEY,
   - > Name varchar(20),
   - > Age int
   - > );
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.91 sec)

Insert some records in the table using insert command.

The query is as follows

mysql> insert into Top2Demo(Name,Age) values('Larry',23);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.13 sec)
mysql> insert into Top2Demo(Name,Age) values('Bob',21);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.10 sec)
mysql> insert into Top2Demo(Name,Age) values('Sam',19);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.14 sec)
mysql> insert into Top2Demo(Name,Age) values('David',25);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.15 sec)
mysql> insert into Top2Demo(Name,Age) values('Carol',22);
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.39 sec)

Display all records from the table using select statement.

The query is as follows

mysql> select *from Top2Demo;

The following is the output

+----+-------+------+
| Id | Name  | Age  |
+----+-------+------+
|  1 | Larry |   23 |
|  2 | Bob   |   21 |
|  3 | Sam   |   19 |
|  4 | David |   25 |
|  5 | Carol |   22 |
+----+-------+------+
5 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Here is the query to select top the 2 records with the help of LIMIT 2

mysql> SELECT * FROM Top2Demo ORDER BY Age DESC LIMIT 2;

The following is the output

+----+-------+------+
| Id | Name  | Age  |
+----+-------+------+
|  4 | David |   25 |
|  1 | Larry |   23 |
+----+-------+------+
2 rows in set (0.00 sec)
raja
Published on 19-Mar-2019 11:19:38
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