I want to count two columns, but need to get the results of first column in one row.

SELECT country, COUNT(*)
FROM table1
GROUP BY country, type

This query gives me

country    type     COUNT(*)
Canada     first    22
Canada     second   42
Canada     third    15
Australia  second   23
Australia  third    18

but I need to get

country    type_first   type_second   type_third
Canada     22           42            15
Australia  23           18            0

as I want to update another table with these values, and with this row structure, I can update the country table row by row as I get from the above query.

UPDATE country SET first=x, second=x, third=x

NOTE: type column is ENUM with predefined values.

2 Answers 2


Looks like you want something like:

SELECT country
, sum(case when type = 'first' then 1 else 0 end) as type_first
, sum(case when type = 'second' then 1 else 0 end) as type_second
, sum(case when type = 'third' then 1 else 0 end) as type_third
FROM table1
GROUP BY country
  • This is more concise. +1 !!! Nov 9, 2012 at 0:53
  • This is exactly what I needed!
    – Googlebot
    Nov 9, 2012 at 1:02
    SUM(IF(A.type='first' ,country_type_count,0)) type_first,
    SUM(IF(A.type='second',country_type_count,0)) type_second,
    SUM(IF(A.type='third' ,country_type_count,0)) type_third
    SELECT country, type, COUNT(*) country_type_count
    FROM table1 GROUP BY country, type
) A
GROUP BY country;
  • 1
    If you do the group by and count(*) in the subquery...you can't then SUM with IF... You'd end up with a country and a sum of 1 for each type.
    – rfusca
    Nov 9, 2012 at 0:50
  • @rfusca You are right. I forget my GROUP BY. Nov 9, 2012 at 0:52
  • 1
    If you're going to do it like that, you'd have to do SUM(if(A.type='first',country_type_count,0)) and such.
    – rfusca
    Nov 9, 2012 at 0:54
  • @rfusca I was editing it as you commented. Thanks you the additional catch :-) Nov 9, 2012 at 0:55

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