Correcting MySQL Error 1313: Proper Use of Statements in Functions

MySQL Error 1313 – SQLSTATE: 0A000 (ER_SP_BADSTATEMENT) is a restriction error that occurs when certain SQL statements that are not permitted within a stored function are used. The error message “Statements like SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE (and others) are not allowed in a FUNCTION” clearly indicates that the function contains SQL statements that violate MySQL’s stored function limitations.

Understanding the Error

In MySQL, stored functions are designed to be deterministic and are therefore subject to certain restrictions. While you can perform SELECT statements within a function, they must be part of an expression that returns a value, such as in a variable assignment or a RETURN statement. Direct SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, DELETE, and some other statements that do not return a single value are not allowed in stored functions.

Diagnosing the Problem

To fix this error, review the stored function’s code:

  1. Identify Disallowed Statements: Look for any SELECT, INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statements that are not used to set a variable or are not used in the RETURN clause.
  2. Check for Implicit Commits: Some statements cause an implicit commit, which is not allowed in a function. Examples include DDL statements like CREATE or ALTER TABLE.

Fixing the Error

Here are ways to correct Error 1313 depending on the situation:

  1. Refactor SELECT Statements: If you’re using SELECT statements, ensure they are part of an expression. For example: CREATE FUNCTION get_employee_name(employee_id INT) RETURNS VARCHAR(100) BEGIN DECLARE employee_name VARCHAR(100); SELECT name INTO employee_name FROM employees WHERE id = employee_id; RETURN employee_name; END; This uses a SELECT statement correctly by assigning the result to a variable.
  2. Remove or Move DML Statements: If you have INSERT, UPDATE, or DELETE statements, consider removing them from the function or moving them to a stored procedure, which does not have the same restrictions: CREATE PROCEDURE update_employee_salary(employee_id INT, new_salary DECIMAL(10,2)) BEGIN UPDATE employees SET salary = new_salary WHERE id = employee_id; END; In this example, an UPDATE statement is used within a stored procedure instead of a function.
  3. Avoid Implicit Commit Statements: Ensure that your function does not include statements that cause an implicit commit. If you need to perform DDL operations, use a stored procedure or execute them outside of the function.


  • Remember that the purpose of a function is to compute a value; if you need to modify database state, consider using stored procedures.
  • Always test your functions after refactoring to ensure they behave as expected.
  • Make sure you understand the difference between deterministic and non-deterministic behavior in functions to avoid issues with replication or binary logging.

By understanding the restrictions on stored functions in MySQL and refactoring your code accordingly, you can resolve Error 1313 and ensure that your database routines are compliant with MySQL’s requirements.

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