Executes an SQL query and returns a result set as a PDOStatement object.


PDOStatement PDO::query ($statement[, $fetch_style);


$statement: The SQL statement you want to execute.

$fetch_style: The optional instructions on how to perform the query. See the Remarks section for more details. $fetch_style in PDO::query can be overridden with $fetch_style in PDO::fetch.

Return Value

If the call succeeds, PDO::query returns a PDOStatement object. If the call fails, PDO::query throws a PDOException object or returns false, depending on the setting of PDO::ATTR_ERRMODE.




A query executed with PDO::query can execute either a prepared statement or directly, depending on the setting of PDO::SQLSRV_ATTR_DIRECT_QUERY; see Direct Statement Execution and Prepared Statement Execution in the PDO_SQLSRV Driver for more information.

PDO::SQLSRV_ATTR_QUERY_TIMEOUT also affects the behavior of PDO::exec; see PDO::setAttribute for more information.

You can specify the following options for $fetch_style.




Queries for data in the specified column. The first column in the table is column 0.

PDO::FETCH_CLASS, 'classname', array( arglist )

Creates an instance of a class and assigns column names to properties in the class. If the class constructor takes one or more parameters, you can also pass an arglist.

PDO::FETCH_CLASS, 'classname'

Assigns column names to properties in an existing class.

Call PDOStatement::closeCursor to release database resources associated with the PDOStatement object before calling PDO::query again.

You can close a PDOStatement object by setting it to null.

If all the data in a result set is not fetched, the next PDO::query call will not fail.

Support for PDO was added in version 2.0 of the Microsoft Drivers for PHP for SQL Server.


This example shows several queries.

$database = "AdventureWorks";
$conn = new PDO( "sqlsrv:server=(local) ; Database = $database", "", "");
$conn->setAttribute( PDO::SQLSRV_ATTR_QUERY_TIMEOUT, 1 );

$query = 'select * from Person.ContactType';

// simple query
$stmt = $conn->query( $query );
while ( $row = $stmt->fetch( PDO::FETCH_ASSOC ) ){
   print_r( $row['Name'] ."\n" );

echo "\n........ query for a column ............\n";

// query for one column
$stmt = $conn->query( $query, PDO::FETCH_COLUMN, 1 );
while ( $row = $stmt->fetch() ){
   echo "$row\n";

echo "\n........ query with a new class ............\n";
$query = 'select * from HumanResources.Department order by GroupName';
// query with a class
class cc {
   function __construct( $arg ) {
      echo "$arg";

   function __toString() {
      return $this->DepartmentID . "; " . $this->Name . "; " . $this->GroupName;

$stmt = $conn->query( $query, PDO::FETCH_CLASS, 'cc', array( "arg1 " ));

while ( $row = $stmt->fetch() ){
   echo "$row\n";

echo "\n........ query into an existing class ............\n";
$c_obj = new cc( '' );
$stmt = $conn->query( $query, PDO::FETCH_INTO, $c_obj );
while ( $stmt->fetch() ){
   echo "$c_obj\n";

$stmt = null;

See Also


PDO Class

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