mysqli_statement::num_rows() returns the wrong value

Tags: mysqli mysql php
Question!

I was writing a database handler class in PHP using the mysqli class and prepared statements. I was attempting to print out the result. It didn't work right off the bat so I decided to do some debugging. I tried to use the num_rows() method from the mysqli_statement class, but it kept returning 0. I decided to write a small portion of test code to keep it simpler so I could see what was going wrong. I was then able to return the data I wanted, but the num_rows() method still returns 0 even when it is actually selecting and retrieving some data. Here is the code:

$mysqli = new mysqli('localhost', 'username', 'password', 'database');
if(mysqli_connect_errno())
{
  die('connection failed');
}

$statement = $mysqli->stmt_init();

$query = "SELECT name FROM table WHERE id = '2000'";
if($statement->prepare($query))
{
    $statement->execute();
    $statement->bind_result($name);
    $statement->fetch();
    $statement->store_result();
    echo $statement->num_rows();
    echo $name; 
}
else
{
    echo 'prepare statement failed';
    exit();
}

So yeah, expected result is:

1name

And actual result is:

0name

Can anyone tell me why this is?



Answers

I wonder if num_rows() is reporting relative to the current resultset. Try capturing num_rows() prior to fetching the data. e.g.

if($statement->prepare($query))
{
    $statement->execute();
    $statement->store_result();
    echo $statement->num_rows();
    $statement->bind_result($name);
    $statement->fetch();
    echo $name; 
}

Does that have any effect?



It doesn't look like you've declared $name.

Also, try removing bind_result() and fetch() so it reads something like this:

$statement->execute();

$statement->store_result();

printf("Number of rows: %d.\n", $statement->num_rows);
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