12.5 String Functions

12.5.1 String Comparison Functions
12.5.2 Regular Expressions

Table 12.7 String Operators

NameDescription
ASCII()Return numeric value of left-most character
BIN()Return a string containing binary representation of a number
BIT_LENGTH()Return length of argument in bits
CHAR_LENGTH()Return number of characters in argument
CHAR()Return the character for each integer passed
CHARACTER_LENGTH()Synonym for CHAR_LENGTH()
CONCAT_WS()Return concatenate with separator
CONCAT()Return concatenated string
ELT()Return string at index number
EXPORT_SET()Return a string such that for every bit set in the value bits, you get an on string and for every unset bit, you get an off string
FIELD()Return the index (position) of the first argument in the subsequent arguments
FIND_IN_SET()Return the index position of the first argument within the second argument
FORMAT()Return a number formatted to specified number of decimal places
HEX()Return a hexadecimal representation of a decimal or string value
INSERT()Insert a substring at the specified position up to the specified number of characters
INSTR()Return the index of the first occurrence of substring
LCASE()Synonym for LOWER()
LEFT()Return the leftmost number of characters as specified
LENGTH()Return the length of a string in bytes
LIKESimple pattern matching
LOAD_FILE()Load the named file
LOCATE()Return the position of the first occurrence of substring
LOWER()Return the argument in lowercase
LPAD()Return the string argument, left-padded with the specified string
LTRIM()Remove leading spaces
MAKE_SET()Return a set of comma-separated strings that have the corresponding bit in bits set
MATCHPerform full-text search
MID()Return a substring starting from the specified position
NOT LIKENegation of simple pattern matching
NOT REGEXPNegation of REGEXP
OCT()Return a string containing octal representation of a number
OCTET_LENGTH()Synonym for LENGTH()
ORD()Return character code for leftmost character of the argument
POSITION()Synonym for LOCATE()
QUOTE()Escape the argument for use in an SQL statement
REGEXPPattern matching using regular expressions
REPEAT()Repeat a string the specified number of times
REPLACE()Replace occurrences of a specified string
REVERSE()Reverse the characters in a string
RIGHT()Return the specified rightmost number of characters
RLIKESynonym for REGEXP
RPAD()Append string the specified number of times
RTRIM()Remove trailing spaces
SOUNDEX()Return a soundex string
SOUNDS LIKECompare sounds
SPACE()Return a string of the specified number of spaces
STRCMP()Compare two strings
SUBSTR()Return the substring as specified
SUBSTRING_INDEX()Return a substring from a string before the specified number of occurrences of the delimiter
SUBSTRING()Return the substring as specified
TRIM()Remove leading and trailing spaces
UCASE()Synonym for UPPER()
UNHEX()Return a string containing hex representation of a number
UPPER()Convert to uppercase

String-valued functions return NULL if the length of the result would be greater than the value of the max_allowed_packet system variable. See Section 8.9.2, “Tuning Server Parameters”.

For functions that operate on string positions, the first position is numbered 1.

For functions that take length arguments, noninteger arguments are rounded to the nearest integer.