PHP with MySQL: How to connect to MySQL database using PHP?

Connection to MySQL database using PHP is very simple and includes only few steps. First of all we establish a connection to database using username and password. Then we select the database that is already created using MySQL console or PhpMyAdmin. Then some operations are performed on data and finally we close the connection.
For the connection to MySQL, we need a database. So lets create a database with name testDB having one table user with three fields id, username and password  using MySQL console. Enter the following command in MySQL console and hit Enter. (MySQL console is generally located in C:\wamp\bin\mysql\mysql5.1.36\bin in WAMP server, the mysql version may be different in your case)
It creates a database with name testDB. In order to perform the operations on a database we must use the database. So to use the database testDB, insert the following command and hit enter.
mysql> USE testDB;
Now we create a table with fields id, username and password.

mysql> CREATE TABLE user (
->  id int(11) NOT NULL auto_increment,
-> username varchar(30) NOT NULL,
-> password VARCHAR(30) NOT NULL,
-> );

We have successfully created the database. Our next job is to access this data base using PHP i.e MySQL with PHP. As I already told at the beginning of this tutorial that there are few steps to connect MySQL using PHP. I illustrates every steps with necessary code and explanation.
Step 1: Connection to MySQL database
Before selecting a database and before performing any operations on the database, we first connect to the database using a function mysql_connect() . This function opens a connection to MySQL server. The general syntax of mysql_connect() is

mysql_connect([string hostname[:port][:/path/to/socket][,string username [,string password [, bool new [, int flags ]]]]])

Except hostname all parameters are optional. Hostname is “localhost” in our case because we run our PHP code in local machine. The default username is “root” and there is no password initially. But if you have changed the configuration in, then use username and password as you set in A piece of code is given below:

Step 2 : Selection of database

The next step is to select a database. We have already created a database ‘testDB’. Now we select this database using PHP. The function use in this case is mysql_select_db(). This function selects a MySQL database. The general syntax is


mysql_select_db(string database_name [, string link_identifier]);


The piece of code that selects the database testDB is

Step 3: Operations on data

We can perform various operations on the database. Some operations are perform database query, select data, update data etc. Here is a small piece of PHP code that performs a database query to select the data from database table ‘user’ and echo this result to the web browser.

Step 4: Close the Connection

Finally we close the connection to the MySQL server. mysql_close() is used to close the connection to database using PHP. The piece of PHP code is
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  1. Andria BZ says:

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