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Named Query Manager (NQM) helps you organise SQL queries in files.

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  • Wrapper for PDO
  • Stores queries in the filesystem
  • Caches queries in arrays or using APC
  • Compatible with PHP >= 5.4 and HHVM


You can install cocur/nqm using Composer:

$ composer require cocur/nqm:@stable

Tip: Use a concrete version instead of @stable.


In order to use NQM you need to initialise the Cocur\NQM\NQM class with an instance of \PDO and a query loader. NQM comes with a FilesystemQueryLoader query loader.

use Cocur\NQM\NQM;
use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\FilesystemQueryLoader;

$loader = new FilesystemQueryLoader(__DIR__.'/queries');
$pdo = new \PDO(...);
$nqm = new NQM($pdo, $loader);

After you have initialised the NQM object you can use it. Currently the class has three public methods to retrieve a query, prepare a statement or execute a statement.

The following command will return the SQL query stored in ./queries/find-all-users.sql.


NQM can also return a \PDOStatement object directly:

$stmt = $nqm->prepare('find-all-users');

Or you can immediately execute the statement:

$stmt = $nqm->execute('find-user-by-id', [':id' => 42]);

Query Cache

To speed up loading of queries you can use the Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\CacheQueryLoader to cache queries. The cache class implements the same interface as the other query loaders and the constructor accepts an instance of QueryLoaderInterface. If a query does not exist in the cache, the cache uses this loader to load the query. For example,

use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\CacheQueryLoader;
use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\FilesystemQueryLoader;

$loader = new FilesystemQueryLoader(__DIR__.'/queries');
$cache = new CacheQueryLoader($loader);

$pdo = new \PDO(...);
$nqm = new NQM($pdo, $cache);

APC Query Cache

The CacheQueryLoader query loader stores cached queries in an array and therefore only on a per-request basis. While this often suffices in CLI applications for web apps it would be better to cache queries over multiple requests.

use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\ApcQueryLoader;
use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\FilesystemQueryLoader;

$loader = new FilesystemQueryLoader(__DIR__.'/queries');
$apc = new ApcQueryLoader($loader);

$pdo = new \PDO(...);
$nqm = new NQM($pdo, $apc);

Additionally if you have queries that you use more than once in a single request you can stack multiple query loaders. In the following example NQM will load queries from the array cache or if it's not cached it will look in the APC cache. As a last resort NQM loads the query from the filesystem.

use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\ApcQueryLoader;
use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\CacheQueryLoader;
use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\FilesystemQueryLoader;

$loader = new FilesystemQueryLoader(__DIR__.'/queries');
$apc = new ApcQueryLoader($loader);
$cache = new CacheQueryLoader($apc);

$pdo = new \PDO(...);
$nqm = new NQM($pdo, $cache);

Array Query Loader

Stores the queries in an array.

use Cocur\NQM\QueryLoader\ArrayQueryLoader;

$loader = new ArrayQueryLoader(['foo' => 'SELECT ...;']);

Query Collection

Sometimes you have multiple queries that are always executed together. For example, a DROP TABLE, CREATE TABLE sequence or if you have to create temporary tables for especially complex queries. Since PDO accepts only a single SQL statement per statement, you can use QueryCollection to execute multiple queries. Queries must be separated by #;, which must be placed on its own line.

CREATE TABLE users (...);
use Cocur\NQM\QueryCollection;

$collection = NQMQueryCollection($nqm);
// Just prepare the statements
$statements = $collection->prepare('drop-and-create-user-table');

// Prepare and execute the statements
$statements = $collection->execute('drop-and-create-user-table', ['foo'=>'bar']);

The prepare() and execute() methods return both a Cocur\NQM\StatementCollection. This collection class implements \ArrayAccess and \Countable.

$statements->all(); // -> \PDOStatement[]
$statements->first(); // -> \PDOStatement
$statements->last(); // -> \PDOStatement

Doctrine Bridge

If you don't have a PDO object, but a Doctrine EntityManager object you can use the Doctrine bridge to create a new NQM object.

use Cocur\NQM\Bridge\Doctrine\NQMFactory;

$nqm = NQMFactory::createFromEntityManager($entityManager, $queryLoader);
// NQM(...) object

Change log

Version 0.4 (6 October 2015)

  • Add ArrayQueryLoader

Version 0.3 (16 February 2015)

  • Add support for query collections

Version 0.2 (11 February 2015)

  • Add Doctrine bridge

Version 0.1.2 (3 February 2015)

  • Moved development packages to require-dev in composer.json

Version 0.1.1 (26 August 2014)

  • Renamed query loader class names

Version 0.1 (28 May 2014)

  • Initial release


Florian Eckerstorfer Support Florian


The MIT license applies to cocur/nqm. For the full copyright and license information, please view the LICENSE file distributed with this source code.