Suppose you have constructed a query with Joomla.

// Get a db connection.
$db = JFactory::getDbo();

// Create a new query object.
$query = $db->getQuery(true);

// Select all records from the user profile table where key begins with "custom.".
// Order it by the ordering field.
$query->select($db->quoteName(array('user_id', 'profile_key', 'profile_value', 'ordering')));
$query->where($db->quoteName('profile_key') . ' LIKE '. $db->quote('\'custom.%\''));
$query->order('ordering ASC');

// Reset the query using our newly populated query object.

// Load the results as a list of stdClass objects (see later for more options on retrieving data).
$results = $db->loadObjectList();

Example from here: https://docs.joomla.org/Selecting_data_using_JDatabase

Is there a command to print out the query statement (not the results the but actual SQL)?

  • So that I can read the query as "SELECT * FROM .... " – Mat Kay Sep 18 '15 at 0:21
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    why not use the debug mode? – jdog Sep 18 '15 at 2:26

you need to echo __toString()


you can fing more info here


Hope it helps

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  • Would just like to note that when using this method, it dumps the query with the Joomla prefix #__. – Lodder Oct 6 '15 at 15:20
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    echo (string) $query; – JProof Apr 20 '16 at 6:19

You can also use Joomla's replacePrefix function which dumps out the query in a format that can be inserted straight into the likes of PhpMyAdmin.

Here's an example:

$db = JFactory::getDbo();

$query = $db->getQuery(true);

// Dump the query
echo $db->replacePrefix((string) $query);

Will output the following:

SELECT `something` FROM `jos_content`
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You can also use native dump() method: echo $query->dump();

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  • I prefer using this one since it will print the db prefix as well. – hans2103 Sep 1 at 9:03

The JDatabaseQuery object has a __toString() function that outputs the query so you can do:

echo $db->getQuery();

Or if you want to pass it to a function you can explicitly cast it to a string first:

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The Joomla debug feature will give you a lot of information about the queries that are executed when your website loads.

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echo $query;

will do fine.

this makes use of this code

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