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Concat columns on GROUP BY in MySQL by Using GROUP_CONCAT

I was asked to give a report on the Invitations table as follows. What I wanted to give as the result is the invitee details per inviter. So simply I do not want to repeat the "inviter".

invitee_name inviter invitee
gayan          345         4654
kosala          345         7655
chamara          567         7653
nilanka          567         1236

So basic query for the demanding result is

"SELECT * FROM Invitations GROUP BY inviter;"

 But then what happens is some results are omitted. So I need to concat the "invitee" and "invitee_name" columns when grouping by 'inviter'.

For this MySQL simply gives a function as “GROUP_CONCAT”. Details can be seen on

So for this example what I have to do is

SELECT GROUP_CONCAT(invitee_name SEPARATOR ' || ') AS inviteeName, inviter, GROUP_CONCAT(invitee SEPARATOR ' || ') AS inviteeID FROM Invitations GROUP BY inviter;

The result will be as follows.
inviteeName        inviter     inviteeID
gayan || kosala         345             4654 || 7655
chamara || nilanka 567             7653 || 1236

Currently as I can find this feature is available only on MySQL. This feature saved a lot of my time though it may reduce the performance. There are lot of options in "GROUP_CONCAT" and I have just used the separator since this was a CSV report. It separates by "," as default.


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