[SOLVED] Can't figure out how to do async functions in NodeJS for MySQL


I’m writing some code in JS which requires async function use since I have done some searching on here and it seems async is the way to go for JS.
I am writing a small script for node to trigger a lookup each time a variable is passed through the function. If the variable is in the database it should return as the variable if not then variable would remains unset. I feel my understanding of callbacks and async is lacking. Could anyone point me in the right direction as to what I could be doing wrong.

var mysql = require('mysql');
const util = require('util');
var connection;
const dbConfig = {
  host     : 'localhost',
  user     : 'uname',
  password : 'password',
  database : 'users'

async function check_name(check_fname) {
    let connection;
    try {
        connection = await mysql.createConnection(dbConfig);
        const result = await connection.query('SELECT fname from users WHERE fname LIKE ' + mysql.escape(check_fname), function (error, results, fields) { 
        if(results.length > 0){
        return await check_fname;

for (const element of names) {
    const fname = check_name(element);

console.log(fname);  <--- Shows Undefined


const express = require('express');
const app = express();
const mysql = require('mysql2'); // async/await works only in mysql2, also you need to use mysql2 as dependency (npm i mysql2)


  host     : 'localhost',
  user     : 'uname',
  password : 'password',
  database : 'users'
}); //keeps always connected to the db

app.get('/user/:name', async (req, res) => {
   const name = req.params.name;
   const user = await mysql.query(`select fname from users where fname = ${name}`);

app.listen(3000, () => console.log('Server started listening on port 3000');

My recommendations:

  1. Give meaningful names to functions and variables;
  2. Learn to connect and retrieve data from db with ORM (my favorite ones Objectionjs + Knexjs);

Answered By – jkalandarov

Answer Checked By – Robin (BugsFixing Admin)

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