Why is it? I tried the same query in the console and it returned multiple rows. Here's the query:

$this->wpdb->get_row("SELECT * FROM ".$this->wpdb->users." WHERE status = 'active'", ARRAY_A);

It keeps returning the same single row when there are several active users. Am I missing something?

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    It's called get_row() for a reason...
    – Ciprian
    Commented Aug 17, 2021 at 9:53

4 Answers 4


Indeed, use get_row() only when you expect to get one result, else you can use get_results()


There are three ways to pull data from the database.

1.$wpdb->get_var:use this to get a single value from the database table. Like if you want to count the total number of comments. You can do it in following way:

$comment_count = $wpdb->get_var($wpdb->prepare("SELECT COUNT(*) FROM $wpdb->comments;")); 
echo '<p>Total comments: ' . $comment_count . '</p>';

2.$wpdb->get_row : To retrieve an entire table row you can use this.


$thepost = $wpdb->get_row( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT * FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE ID = 1" ) );
echo $thepost->post_title; 


$thepost = $wpdb->get_row( $wpdb->prepare( "SELECT * FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE ID = 1" ), ARRAY_A );
print_r ($thepost); 

By using the ARRAY_A parameter in get_row your post data is returned as an associative array. Alternatively, you could use the ARRAY_N parameter to return your post data in a numerically indexed array.

3.$wpdb->get_results:Standard SELECT queries should use the get_results function for retrieving multiple rows of data from the database.

global $wpdb;
$allposts = $wpdb->get_results( $wpdb->prepare("SELECT ID, post_title FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE post_status = 'publish'") );
foreach ($allposts as $singlepost) { 
         echo '<p>' .$singlepost->post_title. '</p>';

and you need the last one, as you can expect.

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    Wonderful detail examples.. Commented Jan 27, 2013 at 17:31
  • Sure! why not.. Commented Jan 28, 2013 at 16:45
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    Really great examples. For speed optimisation in last example I will recommend change this: ($allposts as $singlepost) to: ($allposts as $k => $singlepost)
    – Cyborg
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 2:39
$wpdb->get_row('query', output_type, row_offset);

row_offset (integer) The desired row (0 being the first). Defaults to 0.

va http://codex.wordpress.org/Class_Reference/wpdb


my solution is simple..

function count_results() {
    # use the data base
    global $wpdb;

    # Query to count all results from one table
    $sql_count_results = '
        SELECT count(*) as count
        FROM `YOUR_TABLE`;';

    # Ejecute function
    $results = $wpdb->get_row( $sql_count_results , OBJECT );

    # Return results
    return $results->count;


echo count_results();
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    It would be great if you can also explain what this code does in addtion to posting it.
    – bravokeyl
    Commented Nov 16, 2016 at 9:21
  • This counts the rows in a table, it is not an answer to the OP's question.
    – alexg
    Commented Jan 15, 2019 at 22:02

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