MySQL Procedure To Get Incremental Numbers

9th March 2009 - 2 minutes read time

Run the following table definition to create a table called tests in the test database.

CREATE TABLE test.tests (
 id int(10) unsigned NOT NULL auto_increment,
 var varchar(45) NOT NULL,

Fill it with some default values:

INSERT INTO tests(var) VALUES('one'), ('two'), ('three'), ('four');

Now lets say that you want to find the values in the table, but that you want to increment a value for each row, the following procedure will do this. If you are using the MySQL Query browser then open a script table and past the following and execute, changing any database/table definitions.

DROP PROCEDURE IF EXISTS `test`.`Increment` $$
CREATE DEFINER=`root`@`localhost` PROCEDURE `Increment`( number CHAR(64) )
SET @total=0;
SELECT id, @total:[email protected]+number AS RunningSum FROM tests;
END $$

You will now be able to call the procedure in the following way:

CALL Increment(4);

The value that you pass to the procedure is used to work out the increment. So in this case the output would be something like the following:

id  RunningSum
1   4
2   8
3   12
4   16


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