MySQL Database Insert & Get Last Insert ID

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This post aims to show you how to use the go-sql-driver (which uses the database/sql interface) to insert a row into a MySQL database table.

To do this we use the Open() method to create our database object (and connection pool). We can then create an sql statement using Prepare() and pass in our parameters into Exec(), matching them up with question marks (to avoid sql injection). Finally, calling the LastInsertId() we can get the id of the row we've just inserted - and in our example, we output this value to screen.

To get this example to work you'll need to fill in the DB_DSN constant. The go-sql-driver has a guide on github to help with this.

package main

import (

	_ ""

const (
	// TODO fill this in directly or through environment variable
	// Build a DSN e.g. username:password@tcp(
	DB_DSN = ""

func main() {

	// Create DB pool (doesn't actually connect or test connection)
	db, err := sql.Open("mysql", DB_DSN)
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatal("Cannot open DB connection", err)
	defer db.Close()

	// Insert the value and print it's id to screen
	id, err := insert(db, "myValue")
	if err != nil {
		log.Fatal("Failed to insert into database", err)
	log.Printf("Inserted row with ID of: %d\n", id)

// insert adds a new row to our table in the database returning
// its new id when finished.
func insert(db *sql.DB, value string) (int64, error) {

	stmt, err := db.Prepare("INSERT my_table SET my_column=?")
	if err != nil {
		return -1, err
	defer stmt.Close()

	res, err := stmt.Exec(value)
	if err != nil {
		return -1, err

	return res.LastInsertId()

It's important to note that the sql.Open() does not actually create a connection (or test it fully), so by only testing for an error here can be misleading. If you want/need to test that the DSN is valid before using it, you can add some code like this before using the db object.

err = db.Ping()
if err != nil {
	// handle error

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Edd is the Lead Developer at Hoowla, a prop-tech startup, where he spends much of his time working on production-ready Go and PHP code. He loves coding, but also enjoys cycling and camping in his spare time.

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