(PHP3 , PHP4 )

mysql_fetch_array --  Fetch a result row as an associative array, a numeric array, or both.


array mysql_fetch_array (int result [, int result_type])

Returns an array that corresponds to the fetched row, or false if there are no more rows.

mysql_fetch_array() is an extended version of mysql_fetch_row(). In addition to storing the data in the numeric indices of the result array, it also stores the data in associative indices, using the field names as keys.

If two or more columns of the result have the same field names, the last column will take precedence. To access the other column(s) of the same name, you must the numeric index of the column or make an alias for the column.

select t1.f1 as foo t2.f1 as bar from t1, t2

An important thing to note is that using mysql_fetch_array() is NOT significantly slower than using mysql_fetch_row(), while it provides a significant added value.

The optional second argument result_type in mysql_fetch_array() is a constant and can take the following values: MYSQL_ASSOC, MYSQL_NUM, and MYSQL_BOTH. (This feature was added in PHP 3.0.7)

For further details, see also mysql_fetch_row() and mysql_fetch_assoc().

Example 1. Mysql_fetch_array()

mysql_connect ($host, $user, $password);
$result = mysql_db_query ("database","select user_id, fullname from table");
while ($row = mysql_fetch_array ($result)) {
    echo "user_id: ".$row["user_id"]."<br>\n";
    echo "user_id: ".$row[0]."<br>\n";
    echo "fullname: ".$row["fullname"]."<br>\n";
    echo "fullname: ".$row[1]."<br>\n";
mysql_free_result ($result);