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How can I store the '€' symbol in MySQL using PHP?

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I’ve set the PHP character set to utf-8:

header('Content-Type: text/html; charset=utf-8');

I’ve set the currency column in MySQL to varchar(1) with collation utf8_unicode_ci.

However, the following code in PHP:

$currency = '€';
$sql = "UPDATE myTable SET currency = '$currency' WHERE user = '$user'";

Produces the following character in MySQL:


How can I get the symbol to store properly in MySQL?

How to&Answers:

Make sure your script file, the file that contains the line

$currency = '€';

is encoded UTF-8. You should have an option to that effect in your editor’s or IDE’s “Save as” dialog.

Then make sure your connection is UTF-8 encoded as well – it is ISO-8859-1 by default.

After connecting to the database, for mySQL before 5.0.7:

mysql_query("SET NAMES utf8");

For mySQL 5.0.7 and newer:



“Working with UTF-8 on the Web” section on this page gives a good rundown: http://dev.mysql.com/tech-resources/articles/4.1/unicode.html


You can convert it to the HTML code of €