Query Builder

Query builder is tool for constructing SQL query. It allows you to define SQL query with fluent API.

From clause#

Let's create Query builder object. Set source table name by from() method. You can pass alias. The first argument is considered as SQL expression, you you have to escape table name manually with [] brackets, or use modifier. The second argument is optional table alias, other arguments are arguments for used modifiers.

$builder = $connection->createQueryBuilder();

// table useres, aliased a
$builder->from('users', 'a');

// escaping table name
$builder->from('[orders]', 'o');

// or pass it as argument
$builder->from('%table', 'o', $tableName);

// table as result of stored function/procedure
$builder->from('my_orders(%i, %i)', 'orders', $userId, $groupId);

Where, having and group by clause#

You can add conditions using andWhere() or orWhere() methods. *Where methods accepts query expression, all other function arguments are optional and are considered as arguments for modifiers passed in expression.

$builder->andWhere('order_id = %i', $oderId);
        ->orWhere('user_id IN %i[] AND group_id = %i', $userIds, $groupId);

// will produce
// WHERE (order_id = %i) OR (user_id IN %i[] AND group_id = %i)

Methods andHaving() and orHaving() have the same signature and logic as where methods. Group by expressions are not connected with logic conjunctions, therefore method is called addGroupBy(). The group by method has signature as others, accepts expression and optinal arguments.

Let's see an example: depending on $cond we build query which will retrieve daily number of issues created/resolved in last week and was them more than 10..

$column = $cond ? 'created_at' : 'resolved_at';

$builder = $connection->createQueryBuilder();
$builder->select('DATE(%column), COUNT(*)', $column);
$builder->andWhere('%column > NOW() - INTERVAL 1 WEEK', $column);
$builder->addGroupBy('DATE(%column)', $column);
$builder->andHaving('COUNT(*) > 10');

Query builder has alternative methods named where(), groupBy() and having() which remove previously defined conditions and add new one:

$builder = $connection->createQueryBuilder();
$builder->where('created_at > NOW()');
$builder->where('created_at < NOW()'); // replace previous conditions

// will produce
// SELECT * FROM issues WHERE created_at < NOW();

Select, orderBy and limit clause#

Builder have also methods for defining select, order by and limit clauses. Use appropriate methods: addSelect(), select(), addOrderBy(), orderBy(), and limitBy(). Select and order by methods accepts modifier arguments as earlier mentioned methods.

$builder->addSelect('id, %column, [another_ecpaced_column]', $myColumn);

$builder->addOrderBy('FIELD(type, %s, %s, %s)', "type1", "type2", "type3");

$builder->limitBy(20); // selects the first 20 results
$builder->limitBy(20, 10); // sets offset to 1O


Choose from innerJoin(), leftJoin(), and rightJoin() methods. Each of them has the same signature. Arguments:

  • from source name – from which table should be join created,
  • to expression – target expression, do not forget to escape target table name,
  • to alias – alias of target, you can leave it NULL,
  • on expression – ON clause expression,
  • arguments for expressions.

The from source name is present for better validation. It disallows you to build join on table, which was not defined.

$builder->from('[authors]', 'a');
$builder->leftJoin('a', '[books]', 'b', '[a.id] = [b.authorId] AND [b.title] = %s',

// will produce
// FROM [authors] AS [a]
// LEFT JOIN [books] AS [b] ON ([a.id] = [b.authorId] AND [b.title] = %s)


To get builder SQL call getQuerySql() method. Passed arguments are available through getQueryParameters() method. To execute query use queryArgs() method on connection.

$result = $this->connection->queryArgs(