PHP MYSQL search string everyhwere

Is it possible to search a string in table without specifing column?

$string = 'hello';

$sql = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM table WHERE all_columns LIKE '%,$string,%' ");

and i would like to get one response p.e if there would be two columns in one row which containts same or similar content, but this is not important, i can handle it.


    $sql = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM particular_table LIMIT = 1");
    $data = mysql_fetch_array($sql);

    $limit = count($data);
    $where_condition = 'WHERE published = 1 AND (';

    $index = 1;
    foreach($data as $key=>$val){
              $where_condition .= ' '.$key.' LIKE %,'.$string.',%'; 
          } else {
              $where_condition .= ' '.$key.' LIKE %,'.$string.',% OR'; 
    $where_condition .= ')';

    $get = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM particular_table $where_condition"); 
    $res = mysql_fetch_array($get);

It can be stupid and unnecessary so give me your opintion please


Here's a solution combined with some PHP to search all fields in a specific table.

//search all fields
$searchphrase = "banan";
$table = "apa303";
$sql_search = "select * from ".$table." where ";
$sql_search_fields = Array();
$sql = "SHOW COLUMNS FROM ".$table;
$rs = mysql_query($sql);
    while($r = mysql_fetch_array($rs)){
        $colum = $r[0];
        $sql_search_fields[] = $colum." like('%".$searchphrase."%')";

$sql_search .= implode(" OR ", $sql_search_fields);
$rs2 = mysql_query($sql_search);
$out = mysql_num_rows($rs2)."\n";
echo "Number of search hits in $table " . $out;

Now adjust the query as you want...

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