This class is very simple and flexible for any project. It also ensures that no SQL-Injectionattacks can be carried out. You may use the class below freely for your projects (also commercially) and of course extend it as you like. And so you use it:

1. Include class in your project structure

You copy the complete class and create a new file in your project structure, e.g. Database.php and paste the complete code there.

* Simple Database class for PHP7+
* The class contains main functions for your database. For a detailed documentation, see:
* created 08.11.2017
* @author LH
class Database {
  private $host, $database, $username, $password, $connection;
  private $port = 3306;


  • Sets the connection credentials to connection to your database
  • @param string $host - the host of your database
  • @param string $username - the username of your database
  • @param string $password - the password of your database
  • @param string $database - your database name
  • @param integer $port - the port of your database
  • @param boolean $autoconnect - to auto connect to the database after settings connection credentials
    function __construct($host, $username, $password, $database, $port = 3306, $autoconnect = true) {
    $this->host = $host;
    $this->database = $database;
    $this->username = $username;
    $this->password = $password;
    $this->port = $port;
    if($autoconnect) {
  • Open the connection to your database
    function open() {
    $this->connection = new mysqli($this->host, $this->username, $this->password, $this->database, $this->port);
  • Close the connection to your database
    function close() {
  • Execute your query
  • @param string $query - your sql query
  • @return the result of the executed query
    function query($query) {
    return $this->connection->query($query);
  • Escape your parameter
  • @param string $string - your parameter to escape
  • @return the escaped string
    function escape($string) {
    return $this->connection->escape_string($query);

2. Include database class

Your program code runs in a different PHP file. There you add the following code to include the class:


What’s the different between require and includeThis!

3. Create instance

To connect to the database, we need to create an instance of the class. For this we need the access data to the database. You can find the optional parameters of the construct in the class. A call could look like this:

$database = new Database(“localhost”, “testuser”, “verySafePassword”, “ourDatabase”);

An attempt is made to establish a connection to the database with the access data transferred. This happens automatically if the $autoconnect parameter is set to true (see line 26).

If you don’t get any errors, the connection to the database is established successfully. Now you can formulate your SQL queries.

4. Escape parameters!

That’s probably the most important step. To prevent SQL injections, every parameter you use in the query must be escaped. This can prevent harmful SQL statements – whether intentional or unintentional – from getting into your query and thus into your server system. The following lines must be inserted before each query:

$parameter = $_POST[“id”];
$parameter = $db->escape($parameter);

In this example, the id parameter of the POST request is passed to PHP and escaped by the second line.

5. Your queries

You can pass the queries to the query($query) function. The query is sent to the database and the function returns the result.

Example of an Insert Query

$query = “INSERT INTO users (id, name) VALUES (1, ‘Peter Parker’);”;

Example of a select query with output of the result

$query = “SELECT name FROM users WHERE id = 1”;
$result = $db->query($query);

while($row = mysqli_fetch_assoc($result)) {
echo "Name: " . $row[“name”];

At the end of your program you should call the close() function to close open database connections.


Ultimately, these are the functions of the database class. I kept them as simple as possible, but still tried to include all important and security relevant functions. And yes: I am aware that PHP and the MySQLi class have much more functions to offer. But this class is just for simple, fast and flexible applications that only require a simple database connection.

Safety instructions or suggestions for improvement are welcome in the comments, so that I can add them! 

Originally published at on 26. May 2019


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