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Getting the autonumber value

How do you get the autonumber after an insert?

The easiest way to get the AUTO_INCREMENT value produced by an INSERT statement is to use the LAST_INSERT_ID() function.

Here's an example:

INSERT INTO mytable(col1, col2) VALUES(NULL, 'This is a test');

#We insert a NULL into col1 as in this example col1 is an AUTO_INCREMENT column.

INSERT INTO myOtherTable(colA, colB) VALUES(LAST_INSERT_ID(), 'Another Test');
This will insert the value that was auto-generated into the second table. LAST_INSERT_ID() is connection-specific, meaning that you do not have to worry about other users making INSERTs before you can retrieve the value. It will always return the last AUTO_INCREMENT value generated by your session.

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This was first published in May 2004

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