Category: DataBase

In this tutorial, I show How you can concatenate multiple columns in MySQL.

You can simply do this programmatically by separately select fields from MySQL Table and store their values in the single variable after concat their values.

But you can make the above process little simpler by concatenating the values while selecting rows from DataBase Table.

Let’s take a simple example –

You have two columns – firstname, lastname within your DataBase Table you want to show both the columns values in a single string form. In case you can MySQL functions to combine the values of the columns.

There are two functions for doing this –


Both functions work similar but have little difference.

How to concatenate multiple columns in MySQL


I think you already know that the Unix Timestamp is not Human readable values it is just set of Integer numbers to the user when you show it on the screen.

Because of this reason we need to convert it before present it to the user.

If you do not convert the value while selecting rows from the Database Table then you are doing this programmatically after SELECT.

In the PHP you can use the date() function for converting.

$timestamp = 1476956996;
echo "date time : ".date('d-M-Y H:i:s a',$timestamp);

This gives the following output –

date time : 20-Oct-2016 11:49:56 am


The phpMyAdmin allows us the number of ways to export the Table data one of the ways is CSV(Comma Separated Value).

There are two ways to create a CSV file with PHP –

  • By comma separated string, or
  • using fputcsv() method

I am using the fputcsv() method (writes an array to the file line by line) in the demonstration, where I am listing MySQL table data in the Tabular format and a button to export data.

When the export button gets clicked then creating a new CSV file and downloading it.

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In this tutorial, I will show you How to you can search a value within comma separated column in MySQL table.

I will explain about FIND_IN_SET function and difference in result when using IN and FIND_IN_SET function in SELECT query.

You can use this function when you have to find the value in a field which has a list of values which are comma separated.

Search for value within a comma separated values in MySQL


In PHPMyAdmin you can import data in the database table in various formats e.g. SQL, CSV XML, etc. formats.

While import CSV file in PHPMyAdmin need to make sure that it should be the valid format like – the number of columns, data.

Similar functionality can be implemented with PHP where read the uploaded file and insert the record in the MySQL database table.

It is possible to check for duplicate entry with PHP while import but it is not possible in PHPMyAdmin.

Import CSV file data to the MySQL using PHP

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