PDO query()

PDO::query() — Executes an SQL statement, returning a result set as a PDOStatement object

  1. PDO::query() executes an SQL statement in a single function call, returning the result set (if any) returned by the statement as a PDOStatement object.
  2. For a query that you need to issue multiple times, you will realize better performance if you prepare a PDOStatement object using PDO::prepare() and issue the statement with multiple calls to PDOStatement::execute().

In PDO You can run such queries like this:


$db = new PDO('mysql:host=localhost;dbname=testdb;charset=utf8', 'username', 'password');

$stmt = $db->query('SELECT * FROM table');

foreach($stmt as $row) {
    echo $row['field1'].' '.$row['field2']; //etc...

// Or
while($row = $stmt->fetch(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC)) {

    echo $row['field1'].' '.$row['field2'];


// Or

$stmt = $db->query('SELECT * FROM table');

$results = $stmt->fetchAll(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC);

// Now, go ahead and use $results

The handling of errors by this function is controlled by the attribute PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE.

Use the following to make it throw an exception:


If someone is suffering of the "MySQL server has gone away" problem after executing multiple queries, this is a solution that solved it for me. It's similar to the one needed for the exact same problem in mysqli.



do { 

    $stmt->fetch(); $stmt->closeCursor(); ++$line; 

} while($stmt->nextRowset());


Let's move on to check PDO::prepare() in our next chapter.

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