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PHP | mysqli_field_seek() Function

PHP mysqli_field_seek() Function

Hello folks! welcome back to a new edition of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be studying about the PHP mysqli_field_seek() Function.

The mysqli_field_seek() function accepts a result object and an integer value which represents a field number, as parameters, and moves the field seek of the given result object to the specified field.


Following below is the syntax to use this function -

mysqli_field_seek($result, $field);

Parameter Details

Sr.NoParameter & Description


This is an identifier representing a result object.



This is an integer value representing a field number to which you need to move the field seek in the given result object.

Return Value

This built-in PHP function returns true on success and false on failure.

PHP Version

This PHP function was first introduced in PHP version 5 and works in all the later versions.


The following below is an example which demonstrates the usage of the built-in PHP mysqli_field_seek() function (in a procedural style) -

   $con = mysqli_connect("localhost", "root", "password", "mydb");

   mysqli_query($con, "CREATE TABLE myplayers(ID INT, First_Name VARCHAR(255), Last_Name VARCHAR(255), Place_Of_Birth VARCHAR(255), Country VARCHAR(255))");
   print("Table Created.....\n");
   mysqli_query($con, "INSERT INTO myplayers values(1, 'Kennedy', 'Nkpara', 'PortHarcourt', 'Nigeria')");
   mysqli_query($con, "INSERT INTO myplayers values(2, 'Jonathan', 'Trott', 'CapeTown', 'SouthAfrica')");
   mysqli_query($con, "INSERT INTO myplayers values(3, 'Queen', 'Douglas', 'Texas', 'UnitedStates')");
   print("Record Inserted.....\n");

   //Retrieving the contents of the table
   $res = mysqli_query($con, "SELECT * FROM myplayers");

   //Moving the seek to 3rd field
   mysqli_field_seek($res, 2);

   //Fetching the fields
   $info = mysqli_fetch_field($res);
   //Current field
   $currentfield = mysqli_field_tell($res);
   print("Current Field: ".$currentfield."\n");
   print("Name: ".$info->name."\n");
   print("Table: ".$info->table."\n");
   print("Max Length: ".$info->max_length."\n");
   print("Flags: ".$info->flags."\n");
   print("Type: ".$info->type."\n");

   //Closing the statement

   //Closing the connection


When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

Table Created.....
Record Inserted.....
Current Field: 3
Name: Last_Name
Table: myplayers
Max Length: 10
Flags: 0
Type: 253


In an object oriented style the syntax of this function is $result->field_seek(); Following is the example of this function in an object oriented style -

   //Creating a connection
   $con = new mysqli("localhost", "root", "password", "mydb");

   $con -> query("CREATE TABLE Test(Name VARCHAR(255), AGE INT)");
   $con -> query("insert into Test values('Kennedy', 27),('Paul', 30),('Justice', 28)");
   print("Table Created.....\n");

   $stmt = $con -> prepare( "SELECT * FROM Test WHERE Name in(?, ?)");
   $stmt -> bind_param("ss", $name1, $name2);
   $name1 = 'Kennedy';
   $name2 = 'Paul';

   //Executing the statement

   //Retrieving the result
   $result = $stmt->get_result();

   //Moving the seek to the 2nd field

   //Fetching the 2nd field Current Field
   $info = $result->fetch_field();

   $field = $result->current_field;
   print("Current Field: ".$field."\n");
   print("Field Name: ".$info->name."\n");
   print("Field Type: ".$info->type);

   //Closing the statement
   //Closing the connection


When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

Table Created.....
Current Field: 2
Field Name: AGE
Field Type: 3

Alright guys! This is where we are going to be rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial, we are going to be discussing about the PHP mysqli_field_tell() Function.

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