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The REGEXP_REPLACE function searches a string for a substring with a specified pattern and replaces that substring with another substring.

Return Value



REGEXP_REPLACE(source_char, pattern[, replace_string[, position[, occurrence[, match_parameter ]]]])



The text expression for which the function searches.


The text expression for which the function searches. It is usually a text literal and can contain up to 512 bytes. The function interprets a period as a wildcard character that matches any character.


The text that replaces pattern in source_char.


A nonzero integer indicating the character of source_char where the function begins the search. When position is negative, then the function counts and searches backward from the end of string. The default value of position is 1, which means that the function begins searching at the first character of source_char.


An integer indicating which occurrence of pattern the function should search for. The value of occurrence must be positive. The default values of occurrence is 1, meaning the function searches for the first occurrence of pattern.


A text expression that lets you change the default matching behavior of the function. You can specify one or more of the values shown in the following table.

Value Specifies
c Case-sensitive matching.
i Case-insensitive matching.
m Treat the source string as multiple lines. The function interprets ^ (caret) and $ (dollar sign) as the start and end, respectively, of any line anywhere in the source string, rather than only at the start or end of the entire source string. By default, the function treats the source string as a single line.
n A newline character is among the characters matched by a period (the wildcard character). By default, it is not.
x Ignores whitespace characters.


The following statement

REGEXP_REPLACE('500   Oracle     Parkway,    Redwood  Shores, CA', '( ){2,}', ' ')

eliminates extra spaces and returns the following string

500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, CA