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PHP PDO query error on table has json data type (MySQL 5.7.8-rc)

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m trying new json datatype on mysql 5.7. When I use native php mysql query, it works fine, but when I use PDO to query data, it shows this error:

Error: exception ‘PDOException’ with message ‘SQLSTATE[HY000]: General error: 2036 ‘ in /some_folder/pdo.php:12 Stack trace: #0 /some_folder/pdo.php(12): PDO->query(‘select * from table_has_json_datatype’) #1 {main}

Do you guys know how to solve this problem ?


Update with my simple test code:


    $db = new PDO('mysql:host=some.host;dbname=somedb;charset=utf8', 'user', 'pwd');
    $db->setAttribute(PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES, false);
}catch(PDOException  $e){
    echo "Error1: ".$e;

    $query = $db->query("select * from table_with_json_type");

}catch(PDOException $e){
    echo "Error2: ".$e;
How to&Answers:

It’s a Bug reported to PHP Developers #70384

The developer [email protected] just posted:

The fix for this bug has been committed.

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For Windows:

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helping us make PHP better.

Fixed in PHP-5.6.19, PHP-7.0 and master (PHP-7.1)

Thank You for your report

So, the JSON data type will be supported on PHP 5.6.19+
For other version there is a workaround available above.

This workaround modify the JSON field with CAST feature to a CHAR, which is fine from PHP’s perspective:

select *, CAST(json_col as CHAR) as json_col from table_with_json_type

It’s worked to me in all cases.

To Full compatibility you must use PHP-5.6.19+


I had the same problem in PHP 5.5 – decided to update to PHP 5.6, but the problem still existed. Casting to CHAR helps, but it isn’t good solution.

My PHP configuration was using libmysqlclient and when I changed it to mysqlnd (MySQL native driver) it solved the problem.

So I recommend to do the same.

You can read about PHP MySQL drivers here:

I installed mysqlnd driver in Ubuntu server using apt-get:

apt-get install php5-mysqlnd


As a small addendum. Casting the column to a char like that has the effect of returning the value with double quotes around it. You can get rid of them using trim:

select *, TRIM(BOTH '"' FROM CAST(json_col as CHAR)) as json_col from table_with_json_type


if you use laravel or lumen, at this to config/database.php

'options' => [PDO::ATTR_EMULATE_PREPARES => true]

else may be try to install myslnd

apt-get install php7.0-mysqlnd

Ref this: https://laracasts.com/discuss/channels/eloquent/json-column-problem-with-mysql57-and-laravel52#reply-191316