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PDOStatement::fetchColumn Returns a single column from the next row of a result set


public mixed PDOStatement::fetchColumn ([ int $column_number = 0 ] )

Returns a single column from the next row of a result set or FALSE if there are no more rows.


PDOStatement::fetchColumn() should not be used to retrieve boolean columns, as it is impossible to distinguish a value of FALSE from there being no more rows to retrieve. Use PDOStatement::fetch() instead.



0-indexed number of the column you wish to retrieve from the row. If no value is supplied, PDOStatement::fetchColumn() fetches the first column.

Return Values

PDOStatement::fetchColumn() returns a single column in the next row of a result set.


There is no way to return another column from the same row if you use PDOStatement::fetchColumn() to retrieve data.


Example #1 Return first column of the next row

$dbh->prepare("SELECT name, colour FROM fruit");

"Fetch the first column from the first row in the result set:\n");
$result $sth->fetchColumn();
"name = $result\n");

"Fetch the second column from the second row in the result set:\n");
$result $sth->fetchColumn(1);
"colour = $result\n");

The above example will output:

Fetch the first column from the first row in the result set:
name = lemon
Fetch the second column from the second row in the result set:
colour = red

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PhoneixSegovia at GOOGLE_MAIL_SERVER dot com
6 years ago
fetchColumn return boolean false when a row not is found or don't had more rows.
seanferd at assmasterdonkeyranch dot com
9 years ago
This is an excellent method for returning a column count. For example:

= new PDO('mysql:host=localhost;dbname=pictures','user','password');
$pics = $db->query('SELECT COUNT(id) FROM pics');
$this->totalpics = $pics->fetchColumn();
$db = null;
In my case $pics->fetchColumn() returns 641 because that is how many pictures I have in my db.
gaiusgracchus33 at gmail dot com
1 year ago
It looks like the example may be saying it is fetching the second column from the NEXT row, not the same one that returned 'lemon' for name.   The warning message says you can't return another column from the SAME row after fetchColumn().
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