How to resolve “ORDER BY clause is not in SELECT list” caused MySQL 5.7 with SELECT DISTINCT and ORDER BY

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If you have control of the server and you are running legacy code you can’t easily change, you can adjust the SQL mode of the server and remove “only_full_group_by” either for the duration of boot, by running the query

SET GLOBAL sql_mode=(SELECT REPLACE(@@sql_mode,'ONLY_FULL_GROUP_BY',''));'

or by adding sql_mode='' to your my.cnf file.

Obviously its better to change your code if you have the possibility, but if not, this will disable that warning.


  • For reference, if you go the route of adding sql_mode='' to your my.cnf file, be sure to add this line under a new line with the [mysqld] heading. For example: [mysqld] (new line) sql_mode = ''. Otherwise, you’ll get an error when attempting to restart mysql, like: Job for mysql.service failed because the control process exited with error code.

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