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A Statement object is returned by QueryBuilder->execute() for ->select() and ->count() query types and by Connection->select() and Connection->count() calls.

The object represents a query result set and comes with methods to ->fetch() single rows or to ->fetchAll() of them. Additionally, it can also be used to execute a single prepared statement with different values multiple times. This part is however not widely used within the TYPO3 CMS core yet, and thus not fully documented here.


The name "Statement" instead of "Result" can be puzzling at first glance: The class represents a prepared statement that can be executed multiple times with different values and then returns multiple different result sets. From this point of view "Statement" fits much better than "Result".


The return type of single field values is NOT type safe! If selecting a value from a field that is defined as int, the Statement result may very well return that as PHP string. This is true for other database column types like FLOAT, DOUBLE and others. This is an issue with the database drivers used below, it may happen that MySQL returns an integer value for an int field, while MSSQL returns a string. In general, the application must take care of an according type cast on their own to reach maximum DBMS compatibility.


Fetch next row from a result statement. Usually used in while() loops. Typical example:

// Fetch all records from tt_content on page 42
$queryBuilder = GeneralUtility::makeInstance(ConnectionPool::class)->getQueryBuilderForTable('tt_content');
$statement = $queryBuilder
   ->select('uid', 'bodytext')
   ->where($queryBuilder->expr()->eq('pid', $queryBuilder->createNamedParameter(42, \PDO::PARAM_INT)))
while ($row = $statement->fetch()) {
   // Do something useful with that single $row

->fetch() returns arrays with single field / values pairs until the end of the result set is reached which then returns false and thus breaks the while loop.


Returns an array containing all of the result set rows by implementing the same while loop as above internally. Using that method saves some precious code characters but is more memory intensive if the result set is large with lots of rows and lot of data since big arrays are carried around in PHP:

// Fetch all records from tt_content on page 42
$queryBuilder = GeneralUtility::makeInstance(ConnectionPool::class)->getQueryBuilderForTable('tt_content');
$rows = $queryBuilder
   ->select('uid', 'bodytext')
   ->where($queryBuilder->expr()->eq('pid', $queryBuilder->createNamedParameter(42, \PDO::PARAM_INT)))


Returns a single column from the next row of a result set, other columns from that result row are discarded. This method is especially handy for QueryBuilder->count() queries. The Connection->count() implementation does exactly that to return the number of rows directly:

// Get the number of tt_content records on pid 42 into variable $numberOfRecords
$queryBuilder = GeneralUtility::makeInstance(ConnectionPool::class)->getQueryBuilderForTable('tt_content');
$numberOfRecords = $queryBuilder
   ->where($queryBuilder->expr()->eq('pid', $queryBuilder->createNamedParameter(42, \PDO::PARAM_INT)))


Returns the number of rows affected by the last execution of this statement. Use that method instead of counting the number of records in a ->fetch() loop manually.


->rowCount() works well with DELETE, UPDATE and INSERT queries. However, it does NOT return a valid number for SELECT queries on some DBMS. Never use ->rowCount() on SELECT queries. This may work with MySOL, but fails with other databases like SQLite.

Re-use prepared Statement()

Doctrine usually prepares a statement first, and then executes it with given parameters. Implementing prepared statements depends on the given driver. For instance, the native mysql driver mysqli does implement prepared statements, while the pdo driver of mysql pdo_mysql does not, at least in some scenarios. A driver not properly implementing prepared statements fall back to a direct execution of given query.

There is an API to make real use of prepared statements that becomes handy if the same query is executed with different arguments over and over again. The example below prepares a statement to the pages table and executes it twice with different arguments:

$connection = GeneralUtility::makeInstance(ConnectionPool::class)->getConnectionForTable('pages');
$queryBuilder = $connection->createQueryBuilder();
$sqlStatement = $queryBuilder->select('uid')
    ->where($queryBuilder->expr()->eq('uid', $queryBuilder->createPositionalParameter(0, \PDO::PARAM_INT)))
$statement = $connection->executeQuery($sqlStatement, [ 24 ]);
$result1 = $statement->fetch();
$statement->bindValue(1, 25);
$result2 = $statement->fetch();

Looking at a mysql debug log:

Prepare SELECT `uid` FROM `pages` WHERE `uid` = ?
Execute SELECT `uid` FROM `pages` WHERE `uid` = '24'
Execute SELECT `uid` FROM `pages` WHERE `uid` = '25'

The log shows one statement preparation with two executions.


In TYPO3 v8.7 calling $statement->closeCursor(); in order to free the resources for a result will lead to unexpected results due to a bug in doctrine/dbal#2546. In TYPO3 >= v9.5 calling $statement->closeCursor(); after $statement->fetch(); is recommended.