How to Order in MySQL, putting Zero or NULL at the end

You may find yourself in a situation where you want to order a certain column in ascending order but have zero or NULL values at the end of the list rather than the start.

Zero

This happened to me where a client had certain products with no prices but didn’t want them showing up at the top of the list when a user ordered the products by price, low to high.

The solution looks strange but is very straightforward; say your field is called “price”, you simply include price = 0 in your ORDER clause, as follows:

ORDER BY price = 0, price ASC

The result is a list of products in ascending order based on their price as you’d expect, but with anything with a price of 0 at the end of the list.

NULL

If your database field contains NULL values heres’s another trick:

ORDER BY -price DESC

This is basically price ASC, so you get an ascending list of product prices as above, while putting NULL values at the end.

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