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Pagination with a PHP class

I've recently wrote a pagination class for php, I used to do this in a procedural way by using functions, it's always worked fine, but its not as reusable as a class is.

I've released this class on Github this tutorial will explain how to use the pagination class.

  • Include the class
  • Create a new instance of the class, set the number of records by page and a reference
  • Then set the total number of records, do this by either setting in manually or by counting records from a dataset
  • Then display the records as normal
  • To show the page links echo page_links() optionally passin 2 parameters the first set the address by default this is ? the second parameter is for any $_GET's you want to pass from page to page.
//include the class

//create new object pass in number of pages and identifier
$pages = new Paginator('10','p');

//get number of total records
$stmt = $db->query('SELECT count(id) FROM table');
$row = $stmt->fetch(PDO::FETCH_NUM);
$total = $row[0];

//pass number of records to

$data = $db->query('SELECT * FROM table '.$pages->get_limit());
foreach($data as $row) {
    //display the records here

//create the page links
echo $pages->page_links();

Download the class from Github

David Carr

David Carr

For the past 12 years, I’ve been developing applications for the web using mostly PHP. I do this for a living and love what I do as every day there is something new and exciting to learn.

In my spare time, the web development community is a big part of my life. Whether managing online programming groups and blogs or attending a conference, I find keeping involved helps me stay up to date. This is also my chance to give back to the community that helped me get started, a place I am proud to be apart of.

Besides programming I love spending time with friends and family and can often be found together going out catching the latest movie, staying in playing games on the sofa or planning a trip to someplace I’ve never been before.