How can I count the numbers of rows that a MySQL query returned?

Getting total rows in a query result…

You could just iterate the result and count them. You don’t say what language or client library you are using, but the API does provide a mysql_num_rows function which can tell you the number of rows in a result.

This is exposed in PHP, for example, as the mysqli_num_rows function. As you’ve edited the question to mention you’re using PHP, here’s a simple example using mysqli functions:

$link = mysqli_connect("localhost", "user", "password", "database");

$result = mysqli_query($link, "SELECT * FROM table1");
$num_rows = mysqli_num_rows($result);

echo "$num_rows Rows\n";

Getting a count of rows matching some criteria…

Just use COUNT(*) – see Counting Rows in the MySQL manual. For example:

SELECT COUNT(*) FROM foo WHERE bar="value";

Get total rows when LIMIT is used…

If you’d used a LIMIT clause but want to know how many rows you’d get without it, use SQL_CALC_FOUND_ROWS in your query, followed by SELECT FOUND_ROWS();

   WHERE bar="value" 
   LIMIT 10;


For very large tables, this isn’t going to be particularly efficient, and you’re better off running a simpler query to obtain a count and caching it before running your queries to get pages of data.

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