this is the query:

$sql = "select pn.id, pn.purchased_number, pn.plan, pn.ring_to_group, 
        count(rtg.id) as totalGroups, 
        concat_ws(',', group_concat(rtg.group_name), group_concat(rtg.id)) as groupList
           from tbl_phone_numbers as pn
           left join tbl_rings_to_groups as rtg on rtg.user_id=pn.user_id
           where pn.user_id = ? and pn.status = ?";
$query = $this->db->query($sql, array($this->userId, 'Y'));

that returns the result of groupList like default,demo,1,2 but i want to get result something like :


in MYSQL any suggestion??

  • try group_concat(concat(rtg.group_name, ':', rtg.id)) as groupList May 1, 2013 at 9:13
  • @ypercube, thanks i get the expected result with group_concat(concat_ws(':', rtg.group_name, rtg.id)) as groupList, also tried yours and got the same result. Thanks again to responding.
    – jogesh_pi
    May 1, 2013 at 9:23
  • @ypercube i want to close this question, so please reply in answer section so that this question also helpful to others.
    – jogesh_pi
    May 1, 2013 at 9:25

1 Answer 1


You can reverse the order of the two functions, so the concatenation of group_name and id is done first - using either CONCAT() or CONCAT_WS() - and then the group concatenation:

GROUP_CONCAT( CONCAT_WS(':', rtg.group_name, rtg.id) 
              ORDER BY rtg.id
              SEPARATOR ','                      -- the comma ',' is the default
            ) AS groupList

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