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  2. Welcome
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    3. System requirements
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  3. Connecting to Data Source
    1. JSON
      1. Connecting to JSON
      2. Data types in JSON
    2. CSV
      1. Connecting to CSV
      2. Connecting to CSV using the Data Compressor
      3. Data types in CSV
    3. Database
      1. Connecting to SQL databases
      2. Connecting to other databases
      3. Connecting to a database with Node.js
      4. Connecting to a database with .NET
      5. Connecting to a database with .NET Core
      6. Connecting to a database with Java
      7. Connecting to a database with PHP
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      2. Getting started with the Accelerator
      3. Installing the Accelerator as a Windows Service
      4. Referring the Accelerator as a DLL
      5. Configuring the authentication process
      6. Configuring a secure HTTPS connection
      7. Troubleshooting
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      1. Connecting to Pentaho Mondrian
      2. Getting started with Accelerator
      3. Configuring Mondrian roles
      4. Сonfiguring username/password protection
      5. Сonfiguring secure HTTPS connection
      6. Troubleshooting
    6. icCube
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    2. Data Compressor Security
  5. Configuring report
    1. What is a report
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    6. Conditional formatting
    7. Set report to the component
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    9. Date and time formatting
    10. Configuring global options
    11. Export and print
    12. Calculated values
    13. Custom sorting
  6. Integration with frameworks
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    2. Release notes
    3. Migration guide from 2.5 to 2.6
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    5. Migration guide from 2.3 to 2.4
    6. Migration guide from 2.2 to 2.3
    7. Documentation for older versions
Table of contents

Connecting to a relational database with PHP


  • Flexmonster Pivot version 2.213 or higher
  • PHP 5.3+ (earlier versions may also work, but have not been tested)

Supported databases

Step 1: Embed the component into your web page

Set up an empty component in your HTML page. If Flexmonster is not yet embedded – return to Quick start. Your code should look similar to the following example:

<div id="pivotContainer">The component will appear here</div>
<script src="flexmonster/flexmonster.js"></script>
	var pivot = new Flexmonster({
		container: "pivotContainer",
		toolbar: true,

Step 2: Setup the Data Compressor on the server

Add the following dependency to your project: flexmonster-compressor.php. It is located in the Pivot Table for Databases/server/php/ folder of the download package:


Below is a connection and query sample for a MySQL database:

mysql_connect($server, $username, $password);
$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM customer");

Then the following line of code will start streaming a compressed $result:

header('Content-Type: text/plain');

The full project is available at Pivot Table for Databases/server/php/ inside the download package.

Step 3: Enable cross-origin resource sharing (CORS)

By default, the browser prevents JavaScript from making requests across domain boundaries. CORS allows web applications to make cross-domain requests. Here are some useful links explaining how to setup CORS on your server:

Alternatively, you can add the following headers at the beginning of PHP file:

header('Access-Control-Allow-Origin: *');
header('Access-Control-Allow-Methods', 'OPTIONS,GET,PUT,POST,DELETE');
header('Access-Control-Allow-Headers', 'Content-Type');

Step 4: Configure the report with your own data

Now it’s time to configure the pivot table on the web page. Let’s create a minimal report for this (replace filename and other parameters with your specific values):

var pivot = new Flexmonster({
	container: "pivotContainer",
	toolbar: true,
	report: {
		dataSource: {
			dataSourceType: "ocsv",
			/* URL to the Data Compressor PHP */
			filename: "http://localhost/demo-compress-mysql.php"

Launch the web page from browser — there you go! A pivot table is embedded into your project. Check out the example on JSFiddle.


Here you can find a few PHP examples of compressing different databases.


header("Content-Type: text/plain");

mysql_connect("localhost", "username", "password");
$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM customer");


header("Content-Type: text/plain");

$mysqli = new mysqli("localhost", "username", "password", "foodmart");
$result = $mysqli->query("SELECT * FROM customer");

Microsoft SQL Server

header("Content-Type: text/plain");

$conn = sqlsrv_connect("localhost", array( 
$result = sqlsrv_query($conn, "SELECT * FROM customer");


header("Content-Type: text/plain");

$conn = pg_connect("host=localhost dbname=foodmart user=username password=password");
$result = pg_query($conn, "SELECT * FROM customer");

Oracle Database

header("Content-Type: text/plain"); 

$conn = oci_connect("username", "password", "localhost/XE");
$stid = oci_parse($conn, 'SELECT * FROM customer');

PDO - a MySQL example

header("Content-Type: text/plain");

$conn = new PDO("mysql:host=localhost;dbname=foodmart", "username", "password");
$result = $conn->query("SELECT * from customer");

Other Databases - a MySQL example

header("Content-Type: text/plain");

mysql_connect("localhost", "username", "password");
$result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM customer");

$header = array();
for ($i=0; $i < mysql_num_fields($result); $i++) { 
  $header[$i] = array(
    'name' => mysql_field_name($result, $i), 
    'type' => mysql_field_type($result, $i)
$array = array();
$array[] = $header;
while ($row = mysql_fetch_row($result)) {
  $array[] = $row;

Saving to a file - a MySQL example

header("Content-Type: text/plain");

mysql_connect("localhost", "username", "password");
mysql_set_charset("utf8"); $result = mysql_query("SELECT * FROM customer"); $outFile = "data.ocsv"; Compressor::compressMySql($result, $outFile);


Data is not streaming

It is likely that output_buffering is enabled in the PHP configuration on your server and therefore data is not streaming. Try disabling it in php.ini for better performance:
output_buffering = Off (see http://php.net/manual/en/outcontrol.configuration.php).

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