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SQLite Query in Android to count rows

Posted by: admin March 11, 2020 Leave a comment


I’m trying to create a simple Login form, where I compare the login id and password entered at the login screen with that stored in the database.

I’m using the following query:

"select count(*) from users where uname=" + loginname + "and pwd=" + loginpass + ");" ;

The issue is, I don’t know, how can I execute the above query and store the count returned.

Here’s how the database table looks like ( I’ve manged to create the database successfully using the execSQl method)

private static final String
            "create table users (_id integer autoincrement, "
            + "name text not null, uname primary key text not null, " 
            + "pwd text not null);";//+"phoneno text not null);";

Can someone kindly guide me as to how I can achieve this? If possible please provide a sample snippet to do the above task.

How to&Answers:

DatabaseUtils.queryNumEntries (since api:11) is useful alternative that negates the need for raw SQL(yay!).

SQLiteDatabase db = getReadableDatabase();
DatabaseUtils.queryNumEntries(db, "users",
                "uname=? AND pwd=?", new String[] {loginname,loginpass});


@scottyab the parametrized DatabaseUtils.queryNumEntries(db, table, whereparams) exists at API 11 +, the one without the whereparams exists since API 1. The answer would have to be creating a Cursor with a db.rawQuery:

Cursor mCount= db.rawQuery("select count(*) from users where uname='" + loginname + "' and pwd='" + loginpass +"'", null);
int count= mCount.getInt(0);

I also like @Dre’s answer, with the parameterized query.


Use an SQLiteStatement.


 SQLiteStatement s = mDb.compileStatement( "select count(*) from users where uname='" + loginname + "' and pwd='" + loginpass + "'; " );

  long count = s.simpleQueryForLong();


See rawQuery(String, String[]) and the documentation for Cursor

Your DADABASE_COMPARE SQL statement is currently invalid, loginname and loginpass won’t be escaped, there is no space between loginname and the and, and you end the statement with ); instead of ; — If you were logging in as bob with the password of password, that statement would end up as

select count(*) from users where uname=boband pwd=password);

Also, you should probably use the selectionArgs feature, instead of concatenating loginname and loginpass.

To use selectionArgs you would do something like

final String SQL_STATEMENT = "SELECT COUNT(*) FROM users WHERE uname=? AND pwd=?";

private void someMethod() {
    Cursor c = db.rawQuery(SQL_STATEMENT, new String[] { loginname, loginpass });


Assuming you already have a Database (db) connection established, I think the most elegant way is to stick to the Cursor class, and do something like:

String selection = "uname = ? AND pwd = ?";
String[] selectionArgs = {loginname, loginpass};
String tableName = "YourTable";
Cursor c = db.query(tableName, null, selection, selectionArgs, null, null, null);
int result = c.getCount();
return result;


how to get count column

final String DATABASE_COMPARE = "select count(*) from users where uname="+loginname+ "and pwd="+loginpass;

int sometotal = (int) DatabaseUtils.longForQuery(db, DATABASE_COMPARE, null);

This is the most concise and precise alternative. No need to handle cursors and their closing.


If you are using ContentProvider then you can use:

Cursor cursor = getContentResolver().query(CONTENT_URI, new String[] {"count(*)"},
            uname=" + loginname + " and pwd=" + loginpass, null, null);
    int count = cursor.getInt(0);


Another way would be using:


on a Cursor like:

Cursor myCursor = db.query(table_Name, new String[] { row_Username }, 
row_Username + " =? AND " + row_Password + " =?",
new String[] { entered_Password, entered_Password }, 
null, null, null);

If you can think of getting away from the raw query.


If you want to get the count of records then you have to apply the group by on some field or apply the below query.


db.rawQuery("select count(field) as count_record from tablename where field =" + condition, null);


int nombr = 0;
Cursor cursor = sqlDatabase.rawQuery("SELECT column FROM table WHERE column = Value", null);
nombr = cursor.getCount();