Take a look at this sqlfiddle. I have a table that contains history of records for another table(irrelevant, foreign key included). Each history item will contain a status and time fields. I want to write a select statement that would give me a list of unique(by foreign key) histories with the latest status.

From other searches I think what I need is

SELECT MAX(created) as created, originalMsgId 
from ReplayHistory 
group by originalMsgId
created             Id
2018-06-22 19:18:43 11
2018-06-22 09:28:43 12

but it doesn't return the column I need; status.

The query I am using is

SELECT MAX(created) as created, originalMsgId, status 
from ReplayHistory 
group by originalMsgId, status

which returns me

created              Id  status
2018-06-22 19:18:43  11  Finished
2018-06-22 19:17:43  11  InProgress
2018-06-22 09:28:43  12  InProgress
2018-06-22 19:16:43  11  NotStarted
2018-06-22 09:27:43  12  NotStarted

I know that this is happening because of group by status, but if I need it in select then I have to keep it in group by.

1 Answer 1


This is a good use for a window function, row_number()

from (SELECT 
         RN = row_number() over (partition by r.originalMsgId order by Created desc), 
      from ReplayHistory r) x
where x.RN = 1

Another way is using MAX with a derived table.

from ReplayHistory r
inner join
    (select originalMsgId, max(created) dt from ReplayHistory group by originalMsgId) x on
    x.dt = r.created 
    and x.originalMsgId = r.originalMsgId

Notes on performance

  • the second query might not work if you have multiple rows with the same value in 'created' column Jun 25, 2018 at 19:39
  • Correct @TahaRehmanSiddiqui but i wouldn't have expected the exact time down to the second for a given ID. This means that an ID would have to have duplicate data or change status twice in a second (presumably). If that's a possibility, then you are correct
    – S3S
    Jun 25, 2018 at 19:40
  • Youre right, might not happen in real world. I have duplicated data in my table that I put for testing. Jun 25, 2018 at 19:43
  • By the way? Any idea if the query would run in mysql and oracle as well? Jun 25, 2018 at 19:44
  • I'm not versed on those platforms, but the second one should work in MySQL (not sure about Oracle but I'd think so). I don't think MySQL has row_number, but here's a post on that *. Oracle does however , *listed in the docs at least
    – S3S
    Jun 25, 2018 at 19:46

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