DB Query Builder and Abstraction layer


A query builder/database abstraction layer, using prepared statements for security.

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  • PDO extensions for the databases you wish to use (unless it's Firebird, in which case, the interbase extension is required)
  • Supported version of PHP (Older versions may work, but are not supported)

Databases Supported

  • Firebird (via interbase extension)
  • MySQL
  • PostgreSQL
  • SQLite

Including Query in your application

  • Install via composer and include vendor/autoload.php or
  • Just include the autoload.php file. This will automatically load the classes that are supported by the current PHP installation.


Create a connection array or object similar to this:


$params = array(
    'type' => 'mysql', // mysql, pgsql, firebird, sqlite
    'host' => 'localhost', // address or socket
    'user' => 'root',
    'pass' => '',
    'port' => '3306',
    'database' => 'test_db',

    // Only required for
    // SQLite or Firebird
    'file' => '/path/to/db/file',

    // Optional paramaters
    'prefix' => 'tbl_',     // Database table prefix
    'alias' => 'old'        // Connection name for the Query function

$db = Query($params);

The parameters required depend on the database.

Query function

You can use the Query() function as a reference to the last connected database. E.g.


// or
$result = Query()->query($sql);

If the alias key is set in the parameters, you can refer to a specific database connection


// Set the alias in the connection parameters
$params['alias'] = 'old';

// Connect to the legacy database

Running Queries

Query uses the same interface as CodeIgniter's Query Builder class. However, it does not implement the update_batch or caching methods. For specific query builder methods, see the class documentation.

You can also run queries manually.

To run a prepared statement, call $db->prepare_execute($sql, $params).

To run a plain query, $db->query($sql)

Retrieving Results:

An example of a moderately complex query:

$query = $db->select('id, key as k, val')
    ->from('table t')
    ->where('k >', 3)
    ->or_where('id !=' 5)
    ->order_by('val', 'DESC')
    ->limit(3, 1)

This will generate a query similar to (with this being the output for a PostgreSQL database):

SELECT "id", "key" AS "k", "val"
FROM "table" "t"
WHERE "k" > ?
OR "id" != ?

To retrieve the results of a query, use the PDO method fetch and/or fetchAll.

$query = $db->get('table_name');

$results = $query->fetchAll(PDO::FETCH_ASSOC);

Inserting / Updating

An example of an insert query:

$query = $db->set('foo', 'bar')
    ->set('foobar', 'baz')
    ->where('foo !=', 'bar')

An example of an update query:

$query = $db->set('foo', 'bar')
    ->set('foobar', 'baz')
    ->where('foo !=', 'bar')

The set method can also take an array as a parameter, instead of setting individual values.