php – Sort List Alphabetically

// connect to your database. change info to your info
$conn = mysql_connect(‘localhost’,’username’,’password’) or die(mysql_error());
$db = mysql_select_db(‘dbname’) or die(mysql_error());

// select info from your database. The list is sorted
// alphabetically in the query. alter to suit your needs.
$sql = “select * from table order by name”;
$result = mysql_query($sql, $conn) or die(mysql_error());

// while there are rows to be pulled from the result source…
while ($list = mysql_fetch_array($result)) {
// get the first letter of the name. let’s convert
// it to uppercase to make sure that ‘A’ and ‘a’ get
// put into the same group.
$letter = strtoupper(substr($list[‘name’],0,1));

// now we will check to see if the first letter of the
// current name is the same as the first letter of the
// previous name. If it is not, then we make a new
// group ‘header’ with the letter. Since there is no
// previous row on the first pass, we will automatically
// have an underlined ‘A’ made (or whatever your list starts with)
if ($letter != $prev_row) {
echo “<br><u>$letter</u><br>”;
} // end if

// here we just echo out the name
echo “{$list[‘name’]} <br>”;

// and here we assign the current letter to $prev_row so
// that on the next iteration of the loop, we will have
// a previous row letter to compare
$prev_row = $letter;
} // end while



  1. Jack said

    will try this

  2. vivek said

    i got the problem in sorting please give me suggestions


    echo "”;
    foreach(range(‘A’,’Z’) as $i) echo ““.$i.” “;
    echo “”;

    $current_char = $_GET[‘current_char’];
    $result = mysql_query(“SELECT name, LEFT(name, 1) AS first_char FROM members
    ORDER BY name”);

    //$result = strtoupper(substr($result[‘name’],0,1));

    while ($row = mysql_fetch_assoc($result))

    if ($row[‘first_char’] == $current_char)
    $current_char = $row[‘first_char’];
    echo ‘Members with name starting from ‘.strtoupper($current_char) . ”;

    $name = $row[‘name’];
    $specific_detail_query = mysql_query(“SELECT * FROM `members` WHERE `name` = ‘$name’ AND `active` = ‘1’”) or die(mysql_error());
    while($specific_rows = mysql_fetch_assoc($specific_detail_query))
    $nokh_id = $specific_rows[‘nokh_id’];
    $zone_id = $specific_rows[‘zone_id’];
    $fname = $specific_rows[‘name’];
    $sur_name = $specific_rows[‘sur_name’];
    $location = $specific_rows[‘photo’];
    $profile_id = $specific_rows[‘profile_id’];

    <a href="open_profile.php?profile_id=” target=”_blank”>

    <img src ="” width = ’76’ height = ’66’ >

    <?php echo "”.$fname.” “.$sur_name.””; ?>

    $query4 = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM `nokh` WHERE `nokh_id` = '$nokh_id'");
    $row4 = mysql_fetch_assoc($query4);
    $nokh = $row4['nokh'];
    echo "”.$nokh.””;

    $query3 = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM `zones` WHERE `zone_id` = '$zone_id'");
    $row3 = mysql_fetch_assoc($query3);
    $zone = $row3['zone'];
    echo "”.$zone.””;


    die ("No more records found”);
    //End of if when some aplhabet is selected.


  3. sapna said

    hi, i m facing the same problem with sorting a list of categories..pls if some one can help send me the code i want to sort and show the sorted list in the form…

  4. Abhishek said

    Try this code to a new project

  5. Cristian said

    Code working fine, I just used it for sorting users, thanks 🙂

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  7. misu said

    how do i put in alphabetic order this code:
    $cat_father_id = $cat[‘cat_father_id’];

    if ($reverseSort) {
    } else {

    $dir = “”;
    foreach ($dirArray as $key => $value){
    $dir .= $value;

    if ($skipFirstSymbol) {
    $dir = substr($dir, strlen($config[‘dirSymbol’]));

    return $dir;

    a to z in order…

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