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mysql_list_fields — Fetches information about the fields in a table.


mysql result mysql_list_fields(database, table[, connection]);
string database: Database to use
string table: Table to use
mysql link connection (optional): Connection handle returned by mysql_connect() or mysql_pconnect()


MySQL result handle; FALSE on error


mysql_list_fields() retrieves information about the fields in the specified table and returns a mysql result handle that can be used with mysql_field_flags() , mysql_field_len() , mysql_field_name() , and mysql_field_type() . If the connection() argument is not set, the last connection opened is used by default. If no connection is open, mysql_list_fields() attempts to connect to a MySQL database by calling mysql_connect() without arguments.


PHP 3+, PHP 4+

See also

Gather information on the databases on a MySQL server


Gather information on the tables in a database



Example 819. Display a list of all fields for a given table

// Included code that connects to a MySQL server and sets a default database
// See the MySQL Functions chapter introduction for the source code for the file
include ('');

$table = 'user';

$result_handle = mysql_list_fields ($db, $table)
   or die ("mysql_list_fields () failed with this error message: '" . mysql_error () . "'");

$number_fields = mysql_num_fields ($result_handle);

echo "Table '$table' in database '$db' contains $number_fields fields:<ol>";

for ($index=0; $index < $number_fields; ++$index) {
   echo '<li>', mysql_field_name ($result_handle, $index), '</li>';
echo '</ol>';

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