The table #__virtuemart_order_histories stores the orders with their virtuemart_order_ids and every order has the records with their own virtuemart_order_history_ids. I need to update the latest record in the range of certain order. Now I have the code:

$order_id = 1028;
$db = JFactory::getDbo();
$query = $db->getQuery(true);
$fields = array($db->quoteName('order_status_code') . " = " . $db->quote('U'));
$conditions = array($db->quoteName('virtuemart_order_id') . " = " . $order_id);
$query->update($db->quoteName('#__virtuemart_order_histories'))->set($fields)->where($conditions)->order($db->quoteName('virtuemart_order_history_id') . ' DESC');

But it doesn't work how I need — it updates ALL the records of certain order and not only the latest one. How should I specify the condition of getting only the latest record?

2 Answers 2


Use limit to run on first row found. Since you order it by virtuemart_order_history_id, it will be latest record.

Instead of



$db->setQuery($query, 0, 1);

Second argument is $offset, third is $limit.

  • LIMIT works in MySQL, Joomla supports other databases as well like Oracle which don't know this.
    – Nagarjun
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 4:28
  • Of course, how I forgot that. Thanks @Nagarjun. Updated my answer.
    – Rene Korss
    Commented May 1, 2015 at 6:23

There are two ways which you can do database independent way (Joomla recommended).

A. Set limit on query (works with Joomla 3.x only)

$query->setLimit($limit, $offset);
e.g. $query->setLimit(1, 0);

B. Set limit while assigning query to db object (Works with Joomla 2.5 & 3.x)

$db->setQuery($query, $offset, $limit);
e.g. $db->setQuery($query, 0, 1);
  • 1
    setLimit is only available for Joomla 3.x, not 2.5
    – Lodder
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 20:03
  • Also, it should be $db->setQuery(0, 1). First is offset, second is the limit.
    – Rene Korss
    Commented Apr 30, 2015 at 21:42

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