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Connect KODULAR To MYSQL all Tips & Tricks with Example..

Probably you want to read this first: What is MySQL and what is a relational database?

You can use this App Inventor example together with a PHP script on your webserver to query your MySQL database on your web server.


  • Put the PHP code on your web server
  • Set the SQLKEY in your app and in the PHP code, they must match for this code to work
    Note: Don’t use special characters, see also here.
  • Setup your database connection information in the PHP script
  • Try out the code

Special Notes

  • Returns HTTP code 200 for a successful SELECT query
  • Returns HTTP code 201 to return anything that’s not a SELECT statement
  • Returns HTTP code 400 for any error with your SQL or setup
  • Make sure to remove any page redirects for mobile devices on your webpage, else the App Inventor app will not be able to access the php script and will get a 404 error: page not found instead.

For questions about  App Inventor,
please ask in the App Inventor community. Thank you.

App Inventor blocks

Please see here for the SQL syntax.

Run Query

Response Received

Display Table

To display the result table, I’m using 2 nested for-each loops.


Further blocks used



PHP Script

I replaced the deprecated original php MySQL API by the php MySQL Improved Extension. However, as the example is designed, this update still will not prevent SQL Injection attacks, because all queries coming from App Inventor will be executed. You will have to use prepared statements or stored procedures to be on the safe side. See also: SQL Injection Prevention Sheet or do a Google Search do find more about SQL Injections. Also, it is recommended to do at least some data validation on the App Inventor site.

New SELECT logic adjusted (result stored in temp. file removed).

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 * Written By: ShivalWolf
 * Date: 2011/06/03
 * Contact: [email protected]
 * UPDATE 2011/04/05
 * The code now returns a real error message on a bad query with the mysql error number and its error message
 * checks for magic_quotes being enabled and strips slashes if it is. Its best to disable magic quotes still.
 * Checks to make sure the submitted form is a x-www-form-urlencode just so people dont screw with a browser access or atleast try to
 * Forces the output filename to be JSON to conform with standards
 * UPDATE 2011/06/03
 * Code updated to use the Web Module instead of tinywebdb
 * UPDATE 2013/12/26 and 2014/02/18
 * minor modifications by Taifun,
 * UPDATE 2014/07/11
 * mysql API (deprecated) replaced by mysqli by Taifun
 * UPDATE 2015/04/30
 * SELECT logic adjusted (result stored in temp. file removed) by Taifun
 * UPDATE 2016/02/21
 * Bugfix Undefined variable: csv


//This code is something you set in the APP so random people cant use it.


//these are just in case setting headers forcing it to always expire 
header('Cache-Control: no-cache, must-revalidate');


if( isset($_POST['query']) && isset($_POST['key']) ){                                   //checks if the tag post is there and if its been a proper form post
  //set content type to CSV (to be set here to be able to access this page also with a browser)
  header('Content-type: text/csv');

  if($_POST['key']==$SQLKEY){                                                           //validates the SQL key
    if(get_magic_quotes_gpc()){     //check if the worthless pile of crap magic quotes is enabled and if it is, strip the slashes from the query
    $conn = new mysqli($DB_ADDRESS,$DB_USER,$DB_PASS,$DB_NAME);    //connect

    if($conn->connect_error){                                                           //checks connection
      header("HTTP/1.0 400 Bad Request");
      echo "ERROR Database Connection Failed: " . $conn->connect_error, E_USER_ERROR;   //reports a DB connection failure
    } else {
      $result=$conn->query($query);                                                     //runs the posted query
      if($result === false){
        header("HTTP/1.0 400 Bad Request");                                             //sends back a bad request error
        echo "Wrong SQL: " . $query . " Error: " . $conn->error, E_USER_ERROR;          //errors if the query is bad and spits the error back to the client
      } else {
        if (strlen(stristr($query,"SELECT"))>0) {                                       //tests if it's a SELECT statement
          $csv = '';                                                                    // bug fix Undefined variable: csv
          while ($fieldinfo = $result->fetch_field()) {
            $csv .= $fieldinfo->name.",";
          $csv = rtrim($csv, ",")."\n";
          echo $csv;                                                                    //prints header row
          $csv = '';

          while($row = $result->fetch_assoc()){
            foreach ($row as $key => $value) {
              $csv .= $value.",";
            $csv = rtrim($csv, ",")."\n";
          echo $csv;                                                                    //prints all data rows
        } else {
          header("HTTP/1.0 201 Rows");
          echo "AFFECTED ROWS: " . $conn->affected_rows;       //if the query is anything but a SELECT, it will return the number of affected rows
      $conn->close();                                          //closes the DB
  } else {
     header("HTTP/1.0 400 Bad Request");
     echo "Bad Request";                                       //reports if the secret key was bad
} else {
        header("HTTP/1.0 400 Bad Request");
        echo "Bad Request";


Tested successfully on HTC Desire running Android 2.2, Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1N running Android 3.2 and Nexus 5 running Android 4.4.4.


You also might be interested in the video tutorial Connect App Inventor to MySQL Database by  Derek Banas.

Questions and Answers

Q1: The instructions say to add the PHP file to my webserver. Do I just place it in the public directory anywhere?
A: Just put it in a directory that is accessible for everyone.

Q2: Also do I need to enable remote access and add my own domain?
ASee the setup instructions.

Q3: When I insert not latin characters as values to the table I get ???? symbols on my app. My database is UTF 8 General ci. Is there a solution for this?
A: I now tested again and as you can see in the screenshot everything works fine with the default posttext block… I also use UTF-8 in the database settings.

Celog Comunidad provided the following solution:
I use mysqli_set_charset($dbc, “utf8”); and it works fine.
See also how to add this line in the php script here.

Q4: I installed my MySQL server online and when trying your app im getting the following error: Cannot parse text argument to “list from csv table” as a CSV-formatted table. Note: You will not see another error reported for 5 seconds.
A: The list from CSV table block is used in the Web1.Gottex event. As a test replace the blocks in the then part of the if-then-else statement by
 to find out what is going on…

Q5: How can I use INSERT … FROM SELECT … statements?
ASee Alex_Mei’s solution here. Thank you Alex_Mei.

Q6: I get this response content after trying to send a query to the database: This site requires Javascript to work, please enable Javascript in your browser or use a browser with Javascript support What can I do?
A: Some free web hosts only offer website hosting, not API/data storage hosting, see also this thread here. Thank you, Juan Antonio!


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