SELECT * FROM mytable
WHERE ('myfield1' = 'someval1' AND 'myfield2' = 'someval1')
   OR ('myfield1' = 'someval2' AND 'myfield2' = 'someval2')
   OR ('myfield1' = 'someval3' AND 'myfield2' = 'someval3')

I'm trying to do this with a foreach() loop:

foreach($mywords as $w)
    ->condition('myfield1', $w)
    ->condition('myfield2', $w);

Each iteration of the loop, however, should add the next set of conditions.

  • Haven't worked much with drupal 7, but can you pass an array to condition? If not you should be able to add the conditions like you are in the example. I dont see why not.
    – Matt
    Jul 29, 2011 at 3:25
  • also try do print (string)$myquery; to see what it's creating. It looks like drupal has a built-in toString method to convert it to the actual query.
    – Matt
    Jul 29, 2011 at 3:34
  • I checked the toString and the above produces AND's instead of OR's where I need them
    – user1750
    Jul 29, 2011 at 3:55
  • Try db_or()->condition('myfield1', $w)->condition('myfield2', $w);
    – Matt
    Jul 29, 2011 at 4:05
  • Actually you may have to do this $myquery->db_or()->condition(condition('myfield1', $w)->condition('myfield2', $w)); It's a condition inside a condition.
    – Matt
    Jul 29, 2011 at 4:13

2 Answers 2


You need to do something like this:

$query = db_select('mytable', t)->fields('t');
$condition = db_or();
foreach($mywords as $w {
  $condition->condition(db_and()->condition('myfield1', $w)->condition('myfield2', $w));
$result = $query->condition($condition)->execute();

This is not tested but should work.

For reference, see db_or and db_and

  • thanks again! How did you learn so much about Drupal? (serious question)
    – user1750
    Jul 29, 2011 at 20:13
  • @user1750 It's my work and my hobby. I spend a lot of time working with Drupal one way or the other.
    – googletorp
    Jul 29, 2011 at 20:25

The conditions you add in that way are added using and "AND" operator; see the code of the constructor of the SelectQuery() class, and SelectQuery::condition

  public function __construct($table, $alias = NULL, DatabaseConnection $connection, $options = array()) {
    $options['return'] = Database::RETURN_STATEMENT;
    parent::__construct($connection, $options);
    $this->where = new DatabaseCondition('AND');
    $this->having = new DatabaseCondition('AND');
    $this->addJoin(NULL, $table, $alias);

  public function condition($field, $value = NULL, $operator = NULL) {
    $this->where->condition($field, $value, $operator);
    return $this;

This means you need to call myquery->condition() only once, or the resulting query will use "AND" between the conditions. SelectQuery::condition() accepts also an instance of DatabaseCondition, such as one returned from db_or() and db_and(); both the functions are helpers build on the constructor of DatabaseCondition.

function db_and() {
  return new DatabaseCondition('AND');

function db_or() {
  return new DatabaseCondition('OR');

The code should then build a DatabaseCondition object, and pass it to myquery->condition().

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