Select from Database Randomly (Random Query) using PHP/MySQLi

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In my previous tutorial, I have discussed on How to Limit Query in MySQL which is significant in this tutorial that tackles on how to randomly select from MySQL Table since where going to limit our random result. This is most appropriate in programs like generating random quizzes.

Note: Bootstrap CSS and script used in this tutorial are hosted, therefore, you need internet connection for them to work.

Creating our Database

First step is to create our database.
1. Open phpMyAdmin.
2. Click databases, create a database and name it as testing.
3. After creating a database, click the SQL and paste the below codes. See image below for detailed instruction.

  1. CREATE TABLE `tutorial` (
  2. `tutorialid` INT(11) NOT NULL AUTO_INCREMENT,
  3. `title` VARCHAR(150) NOT NULL,
  4. `link` VARCHAR(150) NOT NULL,
  5. PRIMARY KEY(`tutorialid`)
  1. INSERT INTO `tutorial` (`tutorialid`, `title`, `link`) VALUES
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Creating our Connection

Next, we create our connection to our database. This will serve as the bridge between our forms and database. We name this as conn.php.

  1. <?php
  3. $conn = mysqli_connect("localhost","root","","testing");
  4. if (!$conn) {
  5. die("Connection failed: " . mysqli_connect_error());
  6. }
  8. ?>


This contains our result table. Also I have added addition codes in the comment in case your dealing with large volume of data to randomly select.

  1. <!DOCTYPE html>
  2. <html>
  3. <head>
  4. <title>Select from Database Randomly (Random Query) using PHP/MySQLi</title>
  5. <script src="<a href=""></script>
  6. " rel="nofollow">"></s...</a> <link rel="stylesheet" href="<a href="">" rel="nofollow">"></a>
  7. </head>
  8. <body>
  9. <div class="container">
  10. <div class="row" style="margin-top:30px;">
  11. <form method="POST">
  12. <input type="submit" name="refresh" value="Refresh" class="btn btn-primary">
  13. </form>
  14. </div>
  15. <div class="row" style="margin-top:10px;">
  16. <table class="table table-bordered table-striped">
  17. <thead>
  18. <th>ID</th>
  19. <th>Title</th>
  20. <th>Link</th>
  21. </thead>
  22. <tbody>
  23. <?php
  24. //use this if you have small number of data
  25. include('conn.php');
  26. $query=mysqli_query($conn,"select * from tutorial order by rand() limit 10");
  28. //for large volume of data
  29. //include('conn.php');
  30. //$q=mysqli_query($conn,"select * from tutorial");
  31. //$num=mysqli_num_rows($q);
  32. //$limit=10; //limit
  33. //$random=$limit/$num;
  34. //$query=mysqli_query($conn,"select * from tutorial order by rand()<=$random limit 10");
  36. while($row=mysqli_fetch_array($query)){
  37. ?>
  38. <tr>
  39. <td><?php echo $row['tutorialid']; ?></td>
  40. <td><?php echo $row['title']; ?></td>
  41. <td><?php echo $row['link']; ?></td>
  42. </tr>
  43. <?php
  44. }
  45. ?>
  46. </tbody>
  47. </table>
  48. </div>
  49. </div>
  50. </body>
  51. </html>

That's it guys. If you have any comments or questions, feel free to write it below or message me. Happy Coding :)

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