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Count distinct records using MySQL PHP

This tutorial shows you how to count unique records with MySQL and display it using PHP.
This line

count(<COLUMN_NAME>) AS count_me

simply means that the count value is assigned to variable count_me and we can ECHO it using


Complete code is displayed below. Here i am using connect.php which contains the usual connecting logic to MySQL.
{column_name} refers to your COLUMN NAME
{table_name} refers to your TABLE NAME

$rsd = mysql_query($sql)or die("None");
while ($row = mysql_fetch_array($rsd))
echo $row['<TABLE_NAME>']."(".$row['count_me'].")<p>";
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3 thoughts on “Count distinct records using MySQL PHP”
  1. This is the simplest code to select and display records from MySQL database table and display in PHP.

    $cn=mysql_connect($db_host,$db_user,$db_password) or die(mysql_error());
    mysql_select_db($db_name,$cn) or die(mysql_error());

    $sql = “SELECT field_name FROM table_name”;
    $rs = mysql_query($sql) or die(mysql_error());

    while($row = mysql_fetch_array($rs)){

    echo $field_name = $row[“field_name”];
    echo “”;


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  2. Great tutorials. Really helpful information.
    Thanks for publishing.

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