I'm quite new to wordpress. I'm trying to build a tableview within a wordpress page. Therfore I need a custom SQL Query to my MySQL Database.

  1. Query data from my MySQL Database
  2. Get the result somehow in a HTML format in order to display it in a table view within a wordpress page.

My question is: How can I use the wpdb_class in a wordpress page when it is not an option to put php code in a page?

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    Use the wpdb class for custom queries in wordpress. You may also want to try the WP_Query class.
    – RRikesh
    May 3, 2013 at 14:12
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    Please edit your question to explain exactly what you're trying to accomplish. Telling us that you want to pull data from MySQL into a WordPress page is too vague for you to get any useful help.
    – Pat J
    May 3, 2013 at 14:18
  • You are expected to have researched the problem and made an attempt at solving it before posting a question. Check the Codex page for shortcodes to start. This question is pretty broad and looks like several questions in one. See also: how to ask a good question
    – s_ha_dum
    May 3, 2013 at 14:19
  • I've edited my question and I know that the wpdb_class is somehow the answer, but where do I need to put the php code that is required in order to use the wpdb_class. As I guess it needs to be placed somewhere outside of the wordpress page, I need to get the results somehow transferred from that place to the wordpress page.
    – user32354
    May 3, 2013 at 14:28
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    You can either write a WordPress plugin, or you can insert your code into your theme's functions.php file. Allowing PHP code to be added directly in the WP editor is a security nightmare, to put it mildly.
    – Pat J
    May 3, 2013 at 14:41

2 Answers 2


The wpdb object can be used to run arbitrary queries against the WordPress database. Let's say you want to list the most recent 4 posts:

$results = $wpdb->get_results( "SELECT * FROM $wpdb->posts WHERE `post_type`='post' LIMIT 4" );

The $wpdb->posts variable will output the table name for posts. It's usually wp_posts, but if you're using a custom database prefix this could be different.

However, if you're trying to grab post data (or custom post data or meta information or user data or ... anything built-in to WordPress), you should really be using WP_Query.

Here's the same query above, re-written for WP_Query:

$query = new WP_Query(
        'post_type'      => 'post',
        'posts_per_page' => 4

The advantage of using WP_Query is that it will automatically join against the post meta table and return an array of WP_Post objects that you can work with and loop through.

global $wpdb;
$post_id = $wpdb->get_results("SELECT post_id FROM $wpdb->postmeta WHERE (meta_key = 'mfn-post-link1' AND meta_value = '". $from ."')");
    print_r($post_id); /

Define global variable $wpdb then make custom query and pass $wpdb->get_results();

  • Please edit your answer, and add an explanation: why could that solve the problem?
    – fuxia
    Nov 9, 2020 at 13:38
  • With this query you can use in any where at the wordpress for get data into wordpress Nov 10, 2020 at 6:11

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