[Solved] PHP MySQLi num_rows Always Returns 0

I have built a class which leverages the abilities of PHP’s built-in MySQLi class, and it is intended to simplify database interaction. However, using an OOP approach, I am having a difficult time with the num_rows instance variable returning the correct number of rows after a query is run. Take a look at a snapshot of my class…

class Database {
//Connect to the database, all goes well ...

//Run a basic query on the database
  public function query($query) {
  //Run a query on the database an make sure is executed successfully
    try {
    //$this->connection->query uses MySQLi's built-in query method, not this one
      if ($result = $this->connection->query($query, MYSQLI_USE_RESULT)) {
        return $result;
      } else {
        $error = debug_backtrace();

        throw new Exception(/* A long error message is thrown here */);
    } catch (Exception $e) {


//More methods, nothing of interest ...

Here is a sample usage:

$db = new Database();
$result = $db->query("SELECT * FROM `pages`"); //Contains at least one entry
echo $result->num_rows; //Returns "0"

How come this is not accurate? Other values from result object are accurate, such as “field_count”. Any help is greatly appreciated.

Thank you for your time.

Solution #1:

Possible Bug:

Code is from source above (Johan Abildskov):

$sql = "valid select statement that yields results"; 
if($result = mysqli-connection->query($sql, MYSQLI_USE_RESULT)) 
          echo $result->num_rows; //zero 
          while($row = $result->fetch_row()) 
          echo $result->num_rows; //incrementing by one each time 
          echo $result->num_rows; // Finally the total count 

Could also validate with the Procedural style:

/* determine number of rows result set */
$row_cnt = mysqli_num_rows($result);
Respondent: Phill Pafford

Solution #2:

I had the same problem and found the solution was to put:


..after the execution of the $query and before

echo $result->num_rows;

Respondent: Alex

Solution #3:

This could be normal behavior when you disable buffering of the result rows with MYSQLI_USE_RESULT

Disabling the buffer means that it`s up to you to fetch, store and COUNT the rows.
You should use the default flag

$this->connection->query($query, MYSQLI_STORE_RESULT); 

Equivalent of

Respondent: idragosalex

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