A bootstrap compatible pagination function in PHP for database queries

Below is the function that will generate a pagination markup as per the Bootstrap framework.




$baseUrl = 'http://abc.com/users/all'; //this will be url of the page where we need to pagination. So pagination will work by appending ?page query string to this url


$totalResults = DB::table('users')->count(); //fetch the total records. Here you may use any function specific to your framework's database model

$resultsPerPage = 10;

$currentPage = (!empty($_GET['page']) && ctype_digit($_GET['page'])) ? $_GET['page'] : 1;

$queryStringArray=[]; //read on to understand when and how to use this

echo pagination($baseUrl, $totalResults, $resultsPerPage, $currentPage, $queryStringArray);

Pagination function

function pagination($baseUrl, $totalResults, $resultsPerPage, $currentPage, $queryStringArray=[]) {
    $totalPages = ceil($totalResults/$resultsPerPage);
    if($totalPages <=1 )
    return '';

    $queryString = '';
    $queryString = '&'.http_build_query($queryStringArray);
    $rightLinks = $currentPage+3;
    $previousLinks = $currentPage-3;


Let's say that we have a page http://abc.com/users/all. Now instead of showing all the users on the same page we want to show only 10 users per page. So accordingly http://abc.com/users/all will show only first 10 users. Visiting http://abc.com/users/all?page=2 will show next 10 set of users and so on

To use the above pagination function we'll need below values which are parameters required by our pagination function

  • Base url: $baseUrl will the url to which pagination function will append page number. For our current case it will be http://abc.com/users/all. So pagination function will append ?page=2 query string to it
  • Total results: $totalResults will be total number of result sets. Usually you would use count() function to fetch it. Let's assume in our case we have 1000 users.
  • Results per page: $resultsPerPage will be number of records in each page
  • Current page: $currentPage will be current page being displayed. You would check $_GET['page'] for this value
  • Query string array: $queryStringArray Say you also want to append some search parameters to paginated links like name=Perials then you would set this to ['name'=>'Perials']. Every paginated link will have this in query string along with the page parameter. Eg http://abc.com/users/all?page=2&name=Perials

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    Jinal says:


    I implemented this code and looks perfect but at one point i am stucked which is, my additional parameters are coming from filter code. which i am storing in $url variable. I am not getting perfect result with filtered value.

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