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Oracle® Database SQL Language Reference
11g Release 2 (11.2)

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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 quotation marks.

Both trim_character and trim_source can be VARCHAR2 or any data type that can be implicitly converted to VARCHAR2. The string returned is a VARCHAR2 (NVARCHAR2) data type if trim_source is a CHAR or VARCHAR2 (NCHAR or NVARCHAR2) data type, and a CLOB if trim_source is a CLOB data type. The return string is in the same character set as trim_source.

Examples

This example trims leading zeros 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
      ORDER BY employee_id;

EMPLOYEE_ID TO_CHAR(T
----------- ---------
        103 20-MAY-08
        104 21-MAY-07
        105 25-JUN-05
        106 5-FEB-06
        107 7-FEB-07