Counting with countAll() and countAllResults() in CodeIgniter 4

Getting a count of table or query rows in CodeIgniter 4 is quite easy using either of the Query Builder countAll() or countAllResults() functions. Continue reading to see examples of each…


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CodeIgniter 4 Query Builder countAll()

The CodeIgniter 4 Query Builder countAll() function returns the count of rows in a table as an INTEGER. In this first example, we get the count of rows in the Sakila database ‘city’ table:

Number of rows in the city table is: 600

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CodeIgniter 4 Query Builder countAllResults()

Where countAll() returns the number of rows in a specific table, countAllResults() returns the number of rows from a Query Builder query. You can use filtering functions with countAllResults() as well. In this example, I’m filtering the query using the where() function:

Number of rows in the actor table with actor_id less than or equal to 10 is: 10

Related: The CodeIgniter 4 Query Builder where() function supports several different parameter binding options. Learn about them in the post, CodeIgniter 4 Query Builder where() function and parameter structure with MySQL.


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Using the $db->getLastQuery() method, we can see the exact query that was sent to and executed on the server:

Related: Read the post CodeIgniter 4 Query Helper $db->getLastQuery() method for SQL prototyping for more information about this super-handy CodeIgniter 4 database helper method.


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Disclaimer: The majority of examples in this post, are performed in a personal development/learning workstation environment and should not be considered production quality or ready. Your particular goals and needs may vary. Like always, just because you can do something doesn’t mean you should. My opinions are my own.

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