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MySQL 5.5 Reference Manual  /  ...  /  C API Prepared CALL Statement Support

23.8.18 C API Prepared CALL Statement Support

This section describes prepared-statement support in the C API for stored procedures executed using CALL statements:

Stored procedures executed using prepared CALL statements can be used in the following ways:

  • A stored procedure can produce any number of result sets. The number of columns and the data types of the columns need not be the same for all result sets.

  • The final values of OUT and INOUT parameters are available to the calling application after the procedure returns. These parameters are returned as an extra single-row result set following any result sets produced by the procedure itself. The row contains the values of the OUT and INOUT parameters in the order in which they are declared in the procedure parameter list.

    For information about the effect of unhandled conditions on procedure parameters, see Section, “Condition Handling and OUT or INOUT Parameters”.

The following discussion shows how to use these capabilities through the C API for prepared statements. To use prepared CALL statements through the PREPARE and EXECUTE statements, see Section 13.2.1, “CALL Syntax”.

An application that executes a prepared CALL statement should use a loop that fetches a result and then invokes mysql_stmt_next_result() to determine whether there are more results. The results consist of any result sets produced by the stored procedure followed by a final status value that indicates whether the procedure terminated successfully.

If the procedure has OUT or INOUT parameters, the result set preceding the final status value contains their values. To determine whether a result set contains parameter values, test whether the SERVER_PS_OUT_PARAMS bit is set in the server_status member of the MYSQL connection handler:

mysql->server_status & SERVER_PS_OUT_PARAMS

The following example uses a prepared CALL statement to execute a stored procedure that produces multiple result sets and that provides parameter values back to the caller by means of OUT and INOUT parameters. The procedure takes parameters of all three types (IN, OUT, INOUT), displays their initial values, assigns new values, displays the updated values, and returns. The expected return information from the procedure therefore consists of multiple result sets and a final status:

  • One result set from a SELECT that displays the initial parameter values: 10, NULL, 30. (The OUT parameter is assigned a value by the caller, but this assignment is expected to be ineffective: OUT parameters are seen as NULL within a procedure until assigned a value within the procedure.)

  • One result set from a SELECT that displays the modified parameter values: 100, 200, 300.

  • One result set containing the final OUT and INOUT parameter values: 200, 300.

  • A final status packet.

The code to execute the procedure:

MYSQL_BIND ps_params[3];  /* input parameter buffers */
int        int_data[3];   /* input/output values */
my_bool    is_null[3];    /* output value nullability */
int        status;

/* set up stored procedure */
status = mysql_query(mysql, "DROP PROCEDURE IF EXISTS p1");
test_error(mysql, status);

status = mysql_query(mysql,
  "  IN p_in INT, "
  "  OUT p_out INT, "
  "  INOUT p_inout INT) "
  "BEGIN "
  "  SELECT p_in, p_out, p_inout; "
  "  SET p_in = 100, p_out = 200, p_inout = 300; "
  "  SELECT p_in, p_out, p_inout; "
test_error(mysql, status);

/* initialize and prepare CALL statement with parameter placeholders */
stmt = mysql_stmt_init(mysql);
if (!stmt)
  printf("Could not initialize statement\n");
status = mysql_stmt_prepare(stmt, "CALL p1(?, ?, ?)", 16);
test_stmt_error(stmt, status);

/* initialize parameters: p_in, p_out, p_inout (all INT) */
memset(ps_params, 0, sizeof (ps_params));

ps_params[0].buffer_type = MYSQL_TYPE_LONG;
ps_params[0].buffer = (char *) &int_data[0];
ps_params[0].length = 0;
ps_params[0].is_null = 0;

ps_params[1].buffer_type = MYSQL_TYPE_LONG;
ps_params[1].buffer = (char *) &int_data[1];
ps_params[1].length = 0;
ps_params[1].is_null = 0;

ps_params[2].buffer_type = MYSQL_TYPE_LONG;
ps_params[2].buffer = (char *) &int_data[2];
ps_params[2].length = 0;
ps_params[2].is_null = 0;

/* bind parameters */
status = mysql_stmt_bind_param(stmt, ps_params);
test_stmt_error(stmt, status);

/* assign values to parameters and execute statement */
int_data[0]= 10;  /* p_in */
int_data[1]= 20;  /* p_out */
int_data[2]= 30;  /* p_inout */

status = mysql_stmt_execute(stmt);
test_stmt_error(stmt, status);

/* process results until there are no more */
do {
  int i;
  int num_fields;       /* number of columns in result */
  MYSQL_FIELD *fields;  /* for result set metadata */
  MYSQL_BIND *rs_bind;  /* for output buffers */

  /* the column count is > 0 if there is a result set */
  /* 0 if the result is only the final status packet */
  num_fields = mysql_stmt_field_count(stmt);

  if (num_fields > 0)
    /* there is a result set to fetch */
    printf("Number of columns in result: %d\n", (int) num_fields);

    /* what kind of result set is this? */
    printf("Data: ");
    if(mysql->server_status & SERVER_PS_OUT_PARAMS)
      printf("this result set contains OUT/INOUT parameters\n");
      printf("this result set is produced by the procedure\n");

    MYSQL_RES *rs_metadata = mysql_stmt_result_metadata(stmt);
    test_stmt_error(stmt, rs_metadata == NULL);

    fields = mysql_fetch_fields(rs_metadata);

    rs_bind = (MYSQL_BIND *) malloc(sizeof (MYSQL_BIND) * num_fields);
    if (!rs_bind)
      printf("Cannot allocate output buffers\n");
    memset(rs_bind, 0, sizeof (MYSQL_BIND) * num_fields);

    /* set up and bind result set output buffers */
    for (i = 0; i < num_fields; ++i)
      rs_bind[i].buffer_type = fields[i].type;
      rs_bind[i].is_null = &is_null[i];

      switch (fields[i].type)
        case MYSQL_TYPE_LONG:
          rs_bind[i].buffer = (char *) &(int_data[i]);
          rs_bind[i].buffer_length = sizeof (int_data);

          fprintf(stderr, "ERROR: unexpected type: %d.\n", fields[i].type);

    status = mysql_stmt_bind_result(stmt, rs_bind);
    test_stmt_error(stmt, status);

    /* fetch and display result set rows */
    while (1)
      status = mysql_stmt_fetch(stmt);

      if (status == 1 || status == MYSQL_NO_DATA)

      for (i = 0; i < num_fields; ++i)
        switch (rs_bind[i].buffer_type)
          case MYSQL_TYPE_LONG:
            if (*rs_bind[i].is_null)
              printf(" val[%d] = NULL;", i);
              printf(" val[%d] = %ld;",
                     i, (long) *((int *) rs_bind[i].buffer));

            printf("  unexpected type (%d)\n",

    mysql_free_result(rs_metadata); /* free metadata */
    free(rs_bind);                  /* free output buffers */
    /* no columns = final status packet */
    printf("End of procedure output\n");

  /* more results? -1 = no, >0 = error, 0 = yes (keep looking) */
  status = mysql_stmt_next_result(stmt);
  if (status > 0)
    test_stmt_error(stmt, status);
} while (status == 0);


Execution of the procedure should produce the following output:

Number of columns in result: 3
Data: this result set is produced by the procedure
 val[0] = 10; val[1] = NULL; val[2] = 30;
Number of columns in result: 3
Data: this result set is produced by the procedure
 val[0] = 100; val[1] = 200; val[2] = 300;
Number of columns in result: 2
Data: this result set contains OUT/INOUT parameters
 val[0] = 200; val[1] = 300;
End of procedure output

The code uses two utility routines, test_error() and test_stmt_error(), to check for errors and terminate after printing diagnostic information if an error occurred:

static void test_error(MYSQL *mysql, int status)
  if (status)
    fprintf(stderr, "Error: %s (errno: %d)\n",
            mysql_error(mysql), mysql_errno(mysql));

static void test_stmt_error(MYSQL_STMT *stmt, int status)
  if (status)
    fprintf(stderr, "Error: %s (errno: %d)\n",
            mysql_stmt_error(stmt), mysql_stmt_errno(stmt));

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