The PHP Data Objects (PDO) extension defines a lightweight, consistent interface for accessing databases in PHP.


  • Supports 12 different databases
  • Object Mapping
  • Supports prepared statements
  • Supports multiple statements
  • Object oriented interface
  • Named parameters
  • PDO has built-in support for Large Objects (LOBs).
  • When something goes wrong, PDO can throw an instance of its own exception class.
  • PDO does not emulate missing database features.
  • Placeholders within PDO prepared statements need not be named.

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