MySQLi - Select Query


The SQL SELECT command is used to fetch data from MySQLi database. You can use this command at mysql> prompt as well as in any script like PHP.


Here is generic SQL syntax of SELECT command to fetch data from MySQLi table −

SELECT field1, field2,...fieldN table_name1, table_name2...
[WHERE Clause]
  • You can use one or more tables separated by comma to include various conditions using a WHERE clause, but WHERE clause is an optional part of SELECT command.

  • You can fetch one or more fields in a single SELECT command.

  • You can specify star (*) in place of fields. In this case, SELECT will return all the fields.

  • You can specify any condition using WHERE clause.

  • You can specify an offset using OFFSET from where SELECT will start returning records. By default offset is zero.

  • You can limit the number of returns using LIMIT attribute.

Fetching Data from Command Prompt −

This will use SQL SELECT command to fetch data from MySQLi table tutorials_tbl


Following example will return all the records from tutorials_inf table −

root@host# mysql -u root -p password;
Enter password:*******

mysql> use TUTORIALS;
Database changed

mysql> SELECT * from tutorials_inf;
| id | name |
|  1 | sai  |
|  2 | kit  |
|  3 | ram  |
3 rows in set (0.00 sec)


Fetching Data Using PHP Script

You can use same SQL SELECT command into PHP function mysqli_query(). This function is used to execute SQL command and later another PHP function mysqli_fetch_assoc() can be used to fetch all the selected data. This function returns row as an associative array, a numeric array, or both. This function returns FALSE if there are no more rows.

Below is a simple example to fetch records from tutorials_inf table.


Try out the following example to display all the records from tutorials_inf table.

      <title>Selecting Table in MySQLi Server</title>

         $dbhost = 'localhost:3306';
         $dbuser = 'root';
         $dbpass = '';
         $dbname = 'TUTORIALS';
         $conn = mysqli_connect($dbhost, $dbuser, $dbpass,$dbname);
         if(! $conn ) {
            die('Could not connect: ' . mysqli_error());
         echo 'Connected successfully<br>';
         $sql = 'SELECT name FROM tutorials_inf';
         $result = mysqli_query($conn, $sql);

         if (mysqli_num_rows($result) > 0) {
            while($row = mysqli_fetch_assoc($result)) {
               echo "Name: " . $row["name"]. "<br>";
         } else {
            echo "0 results";

The content of the rows are assigned to the variable $row and the values in row are then printed.

NOTE − Always remember to put curly brackets when you want to insert an array value directly into a string.

The sample output should be like this −

Connected successfully
Name: ram
Name: kit
Name: abc