How to get the last inserted id using PHP and MySQL

If a database table has an auto-incremented unique id column, then after inserting a row in the table, you can get the id of last inserted row using mysqli_insert_id() in PHP. See PHP code example below:

Here, a row is inserted in a table called 'application' and after that we are using mysqli_insert_id() to get the id of the last inserted row.

In this topic, we will develop a simple application using which user can submit an application and after successful submission, application id will be displayed, this is nothing but the id of the last submitted application.

I have given a screenshot of the page below:

get last inserted id in php and mysql

User can enter Name, Email id, Gender and Address and submit the application. Once Application is submitted, Application Id will be generated and displayed on the screen as below:

get last inserted id in php and mysql

get last inserted id in php and mysqlFolders and Files

I have created a folder named 'application' under 'xampp/htdocs' as I am using XAMPP. Below is a screenshot of folder structure and files I am using:

get last inserted id in php and mysql

Folder 'cfg' - In this folder I have kept dbconnect.php which is used to connect to the MySQL database.
Folder 'css' - My custom stylesheet is in this folder

index.php - it is the Application form along with the PHP code to process the application.

Create a MySQL table

Let us create a table named 'application' in MySQL database. This table will have details of the application. I have created this table in 'demo' database. If you have an existing database other than 'demo' you can also use it. Just make sure same table does not exist already. Table structure is given below:

get last inserted id in php and mysql

Table has 6 columns.

  1. id - it is the primary key and auto incremented
  2. name - Name of the Applicant
  3. email_id - Email Id of the Applicant
  4. gender - Applicant's Gender
  5. address -Address of the Applicant
  6. submit_dt - Date of submission
Create table script for this table is given below, you can use this code to create the table. You can also download it from download section later in this topic.


Connect to MySQL database (dbconnect.php)

Use below script to connect to the database. Note that we have this database connection php program in 'cfg' folder. This is written once and used in every program where database connection is needed. This will be easy for maintenance and also will enable reusability of the code.


If connection is successful then it will return true and false otherwise. This Boolean value is returned and stored in the $conn variable. We will include this dbconnect.php in other php programs so that we do not need to write it again in the program. For detail database connection understanding please read topic How to Connect to MySQL database in PHP using mysqli_connect.

Develop a data entry form

We have a simple application form with 4 fields and a submit button.

The Form

Write PHP code to process submitted data and display Application No:

Now, we will write PHP code to capture form data and also store them in database. Finally, we will display the Application No of the submitted application. See below code:

If insert is successful, using mysqli_insert_id($conn) to get the id of the inserted row and displaying it as the Application No. So user can see the Application Id of his/her submitted application for future reference.

So, my final index.php is given below:


I have added some simple styles which I have written in style.css and kept under css folder. It is given below. You can always change the styles to make the page look better.


get last inserted id in php and mysqlTest the Application

Make sure in XAMPP control panel Apache and MySQL services are running. Since all my codes are in xampp/htdocs/application, in the browser I will run localhost/application. Registration page will be displayed. it will show the screen as below:

get last inserted id in php and mysql

After data is submitted, it will display the application No. (Id) as below:

get last inserted id in php and mysql

download php code to get last inserted id in php and mysqlDownload Source Code

I have put all codes in a zip file. You can download it by clicking on the Download button below. You do not need to register yourself to download it. You can directly use the code or you can modify them as per your requirements.

get last inserted id in php and mysqlConclusion

In this topic I have showed how you can use auto generated id and display it in PHP. You can use it for any other application using the similar structure and concept. Hope it will be useful for you.