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Selecting the nth row in a table in MySQL

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schedule Mar 9, 2022
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We can retrieve the nth row in a table in MySQL using LIMIT x OFFSET y syntax.

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 retrieve the 4th row in students table:

SELECT * FROM students
LIMIT 1 OFFSET 3;
+------------+--------+-------+--------------+------+----------+
| student_id | fname | lname | day_enrolled | age | username |
+------------+--------+-------+--------------+------+----------+
| 4 | Arthur | David | 2016-04-01 | 16 | adavid4 |
+------------+--------+-------+--------------+------+----------+

The LIMIT 1 means we only want to retrieve 1 row, and OFFSET 3 tells MySQL to skip the first 3 records.

NOTE

Usually LIMIT y OFFSET x will be combined with an ORDER BY clause. For example, we can retrieve the 5th oldest student using an ORDER BY age clause together with LIMIT 1 OFFSET 4.

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