SQL Count function you really need Group By

The Count(*) function is an aggregate function in SQL. You can find Count value from your SQL statement.

SQL Count function important information

  • Count function you can use as a Column in SELECT statement
  • You cannot use Count function in Where clause
  • You can use Count function with Having clause
  • You can use Group By along with all Aggregate functions.

SQL Count function how to use correctly.

Count means, the count value of fields you are looking from a Table. In this post , I will compare my results, by running a query.

SQL Count Aggregate function

In this post I am creating a Table and I will insert rows. Then I get data from the Table using Count Function.

If you do not use SQL query correctly, you will not get correct result.

Steps that I followed to use Count function

Step:1 to enter data into a Table

S.NOStudent NameCountry Name
1RamaniUSA
2KrishnaJapan
3ManiUK
4RaniIndia

Step: 2 To create Table using SQL query

create table counttable(sno integer,
           student_name varchar(20),
             country_name char(20));

Step: 3 SQL query to check Table created or not

desc counttable;

Table “desc” result

sno int(11) YES NULL 
student_name varchar(20) YES NULL 
country_name char(20) YES NULL 

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Step: 4 SQL Query to Insert values into a Table

insert into counttable values
(1, 'Ramani', 'USA');
insert into counttable values
(
2, 'Krishan', 'Japan'
);
insert into counttable values
(
3, 'Mani', 'UK'
);
insert into counttable values
(
4, 'Rani', 'India'
);

SQL Result after inserting values

1 Ramani USA 
2 Krishan Japan 
3 Mani UK 
4 Rani India 

Step: 5 SQL Query “Count function” with Group By and Order By

An SQL query to find a student who studied in USA by using SQL Count Group by

select student_name, count(*)
from counttable
where country_name = 'USA'
group by student_name
order by student_name;

Group By student_name command allows for the Aggregates to be calculated per student_name.

The data has also been sorted with the ORDER BY statement.

Result of SQL Count (*)

Ramani 1

The important point is the non-aggregate field in SELECT statement requires GROUP BY. The ORDER BY will sort the result. If you do not want sort, you no need to use in your SQL.

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