Executes a previously prepared statement.

If specific data is large, it can be sent separately prior to this command (see COM_STMT_SEND_LONG_DATA).

If a statement is re-executed without changing the bind types, the types do not need to be sent to the server again.


Client to server.


Statement Id

Statement id is the identifier of the prepared statement (from COM_STMT_PREPARE answer)

Specific "-1" statement id value

Since MariaDB server version 10.2, value -1 (0xFFFFFFFF) can be used to indicate to use the last statement prepared on current connection if no COM_STMT_PREPARE has fail since.

This permit pipelining :

  • send COM_STMT_PREPARE + COM_STMT_EXECUTE with statement id -1

In case COM_STMT_PREPARE returns an error, COM_STMT_EXECUTE will return an error that statement id -1 is unknown. This permits to avoid much of the network latency.


0no cursor
1read only
2cursor for update
4scrollable cursor


If the flags of the COM_STMT_EXECUTE request a cursor to be opened, the returned result will only contain the column definitions and the EOF that terminates it and the resultset rows are fetched using separate COM_STMT_FETCH commands.

Whether a cursor is actually opened is indicated by the SERVER_STATUS_CURSOR_EXISTS bit in the first EOF packet in the response to the COM_STMT_EXECUTE. If it is not set in, no cursor is opened and a normal resultset is returned.

Parameter flag

parameter type flag byte:



The NULL-Bitmap indicates if parameters are null (one bit per parameter). If the parameter is NULL, the bit is set in the bitmap and the parameter value is not sent.

The size in bytes of the NULL-bitmap can be calculated with: (parameter number + 7) / 8

Binary parameter encoding

The encoding of the COM_STMT_EXECUTE parameters are the same as the encoding of the binary resultsets.


The server can answer with 3 different responses:

  • 0xff: ERR_Packet if any errors occur.
  • 0x00: OK_packet when query execution works without resultset.
  • one (or more) Resultset, when query execution return rows (in case of SELECT query for example).


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