|Oracle® Database SQL Language Reference
11g Release 2 (11.2)
Part Number E17118-03
The concatenation operator manipulates character strings and
CLOB data. Table 4-3 describes the concatenation operator.
Table 4-3 Concatenation Operator
Concatenates character strings and
SELECT 'Name is ' || last_name FROM employees ORDER BY last_name;
The result of concatenating two character strings is another character string. If both character strings are of data type
CHAR, then the result has data type
CHAR and is limited to 2000 characters. If either string is of data type
VARCHAR2, the result has data type
VARCHAR2 and is limited to 4000 characters. If either argument is a
CLOB, the result is a temporary
CLOB. Trailing blanks in character strings are preserved by concatenation, regardless of the data types of the string or
On most platforms, the concatenation operator is two solid vertical bars, as shown in Table 4-3. However, some IBM platforms use broken vertical bars for this operator. When moving SQL script files between systems having different character sets, such as between ASCII and EBCDIC, vertical bars might not be translated into the vertical bar required by the target Oracle Database environment. Oracle provides the
CONCAT character function as an alternative to the vertical bar operator for cases when it is difficult or impossible to control translation performed by operating system or network utilities. Use this function in applications that will be moved between environments with differing character sets.
Although Oracle treats zero-length character strings as nulls, concatenating a zero-length character string with another operand always results in the other operand, so null can result only from the concatenation of two null strings. However, this may not continue to be true in future versions of Oracle Database. To concatenate an expression that might be null, use the
NVL function to explicitly convert the expression to a zero-length string.
"Character Data Types" for more information on the differences between the
VARCHAR2 data types
Oracle Database SecureFiles and Large Objects Developer's Guide for more information about
Concatenation Example This example creates a table with both
VARCHAR2 columns, inserts values both with and without trailing blanks, and then selects these values and concatenates them. Note that for both
VARCHAR2 columns, the trailing blanks are preserved.
CREATE TABLE tab1 (col1 VARCHAR2(6), col2 CHAR(6), col3 VARCHAR2(6), col4 CHAR(6)); INSERT INTO tab1 (col1, col2, col3, col4) VALUES ('abc', 'def ', 'ghi ', 'jkl'); SELECT col1 || col2 || col3 || col4 "Concatenation" FROM tab1; Concatenation ------------------------ abcdef ghi jkl