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Select previous and next rows in MySQL

David Carr

PHP & MySQL Tutorials

    Selecting previous and next rows based on the current row is a common task in most web applications, Take this blog when viewing a post, their are the previous and next posts available at the bottom of each post.

    MySQL makes this a simple process the following will get the previous row that has an id less then 2:

    Using a sub query in the where clause you can use min and max to return the previous or next row:

    //Previous row
    SELECT id FROM table WHERE id = (select min(id) from table where id > '2'
    //next row
    SELECT id FROM table WHERE id = (select max(id) from table where id < '2'


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