Mysql – Using variable in a LIMIT clause in MySQL


I am writing a stored procedure where I have an input parameter called my_size that is an INTEGER. I want to be able to use it in a LIMIT clause in a SELECT statement. Apparently this is not supported, is there a way to work around this?

# I want something like:
SELECT * FROM some_table LIMIT my_size;

# Instead of hardcoding a permanent limit:
SELECT * FROM some_table LIMIT 100;

Best Solution

For those, who cannot use MySQL 5.5.6+ and don't want to write a stored procedure, there is another variant. We can add where clause on a subselect with ROWNUM.

SET @limit = 10;
  SELECT instances.*, 
         @rownum := @rownum + 1 AS rank
    FROM instances, 
         (SELECT @rownum := 0) r
) d WHERE rank < @limit;