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# MySQL | MIN method

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MySQL's `MIN(~)` aggregate method returns the minimum value from the provided input.

# Parameters

1. `expr` | `expression`

The expression to return the minimum value for.

# Return value

The minimum value from the provided input. For string arguments, the minimum string value is returned.

# Examples

Consider the following table about some students:

student_id

fname

lname

day_enrolled

age

username

1

Sky

Towner

2015-12-03

17

stowner1

2

Ben

Davis

2016-04-20

19

bdavis2

3

Travis

Apple

2018-08-14

18

tapple3

4

Arthur

David

2016-04-01

16

adavid4

5

Benjamin

Town

2014-01-01

17

btown5

The above sample table can be created using the code here.

## Basic usage

To return the minimum age of students:

``` SELECT MIN(age) AS "Minimum Age"FROM students; +-------------+| Minimum Age |+-------------+| 16 |+-------------+ ```

To return only students who are equal to the minimum age:

``` SELECT *FROM studentsWHERE age = (SELECT MIN(age) FROM students); +------------+--------+-------+--------------+------+----------+| student_id | fname | lname | day_enrolled | age | username |+------------+--------+-------+--------------+------+----------+| 4 | Arthur | David | 2016-04-01 | 16 | adavid4 |+------------+--------+-------+--------------+------+----------+ ```
Published by Arthur Yanagisawa
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