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Simple Search Using PHP and MySQL PROBLEM

Posted by: admin February 25, 2020 Leave a comment


I have a simple search bar problem thats driving me crazy!

I’ve followed a simple walk through and for the life of me cant get the thing running.

Im using XAMPP localHost, created the tutorial search database & articles table they requestd and still nothing…

But all I seem to get right now is…

Fatal error: Uncaught Error: Call to undefined function mysql_connect() in C:\xampp\htdocs\searchBar\search.php:2 Stack trace: #0 {main} thrown in C:\xampp\htdocs\searchBar\search.php on line 2

with the search.php code looking like this-

    mysql_connect("localhost", "root", "") or die("Error connecting to database: ".mysql_error());
        localhost - it's location of the mysql server, usually localhost
        root - your username
        third is your password

        if connection fails it will stop loading the page and display an error

    mysql_select_db("tutorial_search") or die(mysql_error());
    /* tutorial_search is the name of database we've created */

<!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD XHTML 1.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/xhtml1/DTD/xhtml1-transitional.dtd">
<html xmlns="http://www.w3.org/1999/xhtml">
    <title>Search results</title>
    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=utf-8" />
    <link rel="stylesheet" type="text/css" href="style.css"/>
    $query = $_GET['query']; 
    // gets value sent over search form

    $min_length = 3;
    // you can set minimum length of the query if you want

    if(strlen($query) >= $min_length){ // if query length is more or equal minimum length then

        $query = htmlspecialchars($query); 
        // changes characters used in html to their equivalents, for example: < to &gt;

        $query = mysql_real_escape_string($query);
        // makes sure nobody uses SQL injection

        $raw_results = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM articles
            WHERE (`title` LIKE '%".$query."%') OR (`text` LIKE '%".$query."%')") or die(mysql_error());

        // * means that it selects all fields, you can also write: `id`, `title`, `text`
        // articles is the name of our table

        // '%$query%' is what we're looking for, % means anything, for example if $query is Hello
        // it will match "hello", "Hello man", "gogohello", if you want exact match use `title`='$query'
        // or if you want to match just full word so "gogohello" is out use '% $query %' ...OR ... '$query %' ... OR ... '% $query'

        if(mysql_num_rows($raw_results) > 0){ // if one or more rows are returned do following

            while($results = mysql_fetch_array($raw_results)){
            // $results = mysql_fetch_array($raw_results) puts data from database into array, while it's valid it does the loop

                echo "<p><h3>".$results['title']."</h3>".$results['text']."</p>";
                // posts results gotten from database(title and text) you can also show id ($results['id'])

        else{ // if there is no matching rows do following
            echo "No results";

    else{ // if query length is less than minimum
        echo "Minimum length is ".$min_length;

if someone could help it would be appreciated as I feel a bit stupid right now.

Cheers, Dave.

How to&Answers:

You seem to follow an old tutorial.
According to https://www.php.net/manual/en/function.mysql-connect.php was removed starting from PHP version 7. You should use mysqli_connect.