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Oracle® Database SQL Reference
10g Release 2 (10.2)

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TRIM

Syntax

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Purpose

TRIM enables you to trim leading or trailing characters (or both) from a character string. If trim_character or trim_source is a character literal, then you must enclose it in single quotes.

Both trim_character and trim_source can be any of the datatypes CHAR, VARCHAR2, NCHAR, NVARCHAR2, CLOB, or NCLOB. The string returned is of VARCHAR2 datatype if trim_source is a character datatype and a LOB if trim_source is a LOB datatype. The return string is in the same character set as trim_source.

Examples

This example trims leading zeroes from the hire date of the employees in the hr schema:

SELECT employee_id,
      TO_CHAR(TRIM(LEADING 0 FROM hire_date))
      FROM employees
      WHERE department_id = 60;

EMPLOYEE_ID TO_CHAR(T
----------- ---------
        103 3-JAN-90
        104 21-MAY-91
        105 25-JUN-97
        106 5-FEB-98
        107 7-FEB-99