I have this method

  public function getCarBrands() {
    return $this->_objectManager->create('Scandimedia\Wheels\Model\CarModels')->getCollection()->getSelect()->group('brand');

But when I execute it and try to foreach the results with:

foreach($this->getCarBrands() as $model) {
echo $model->getData();


It does not do anything. But when I echo it returns:

SELECT `main_table`.* FROM `scandimedia_wheels_car_models` AS `main_table` GROUP BY `brand`

If I do get_class, it gives me this result: Magento\Framework\DB\Select

How can I actually load the results from the group and get the data without running the string as a query?

  • Have you check with $this->getCarBrands()->getSize();?
    – kunj
    Commented May 12, 2018 at 15:51
  • Do you inject the model collection factory into your constructor? Commented May 14, 2018 at 13:00

5 Answers 5


You need to add addFieldToSelect('*') to your collection.

You need to modify:

public function getCarBrands() {

    $collection =  $this->_objectManager->create('Scandimedia\Wheels\Model\CarModels')->getCollection();
    return $collection;
  • 1
    Thank you for your response, but it didn't work. foreach($this->getCarBrands() as $brand) { echo $brand->getData(); } still returns nothing and get_class of the response still returns Magento\Framework\DB\Select. Commented May 12, 2018 at 14:24

strong textWorking example with CustomerFactory

add in class properties protected $_customerFactory;

inject in constructor \Magento\Customer\Model\ResourceModel\Customer\CollectionFactory $customerFactory

Initialize $this->_customerFactory = $customerFactory;

$whereDobExpression = "Any custom expression" "e" can be used as alias for the main table example:

$whereDobExpression = "e.is_active = 1"

!IMPORTANT you need to add $customerCollection->addFieldToSelect('*'); it will not work without it

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Yes sure, getSelect() will never return data. It is just Select Object, and there is no return data.

So, usually I use getSelect() as like query builder, to return a raw query use __toString() after getSelect() method, and than run the raw query.


You should use load() method

 $collection = $this->_orderCollectionFactory->create()->addFieldToSelect(
            new \Zend_Db_Expr("status ,COUNT(*) AS `num` ")
 $orderData = $collection->load();

The getSelect() method in Magento returns a Magento\Framework\DB\Select object, which is a representation of a SQL query. It will notexecute the query or return the results.

To execute the query and get the results, you need to use the getData() method on the collection object, not on the Select object.

Modify your getCarBrands method to return the data:

public function getCarBrands() {
    $collection = $this->_objectManager->create('Scandimedia\Wheels\Model\CarModels')->getCollection();
    return $collection->getData();

Now, when you call getCarBrands(), it should return an array of data that you can iterate over with foreach.

foreach($this->getCarBrands() as $model) {

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