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Retrieving columns in a specific order in MySQL

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schedule Jul 1, 2022
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This can be done using the SELECT statement followed by the list of columns you want in the order you want:

SELECT column1, column2, column3 FROM table_name;

Example

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.

To specify the order of columns retrieved:

SELECT username, fname, lname, age
FROM students;
+----------+----------+--------+------+
| username | fname | lname | age |
+----------+----------+--------+------+
| stowner1 | Sky | Towner | 17 |
| bdavis2 | Ben | Davis | 19 |
| tapple3 | Travis | Apple | 18 |
| adavid4 | Arthur | David | 16 |
| btown5 | Benjamin | Town | 17 |
+----------+----------+--------+------+
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