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MySQL FIND_IN_SET() Function


Search for "q" within the list of strings:

SELECT FIND_IN_SET("q", "s,q,l");
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Definition and Usage

The FIND_IN_SET() function returns the position of a string within a list of strings.


FIND_IN_SET(string, string_list)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
string Required. The string to search for
string_list Required. The list of string values to be searched (separated by commas)

Return Values

  • If string is not found in string_list, this function returns 0
  • If string or string_list is NULL, this function returns NULL
  • If string_list is an empty string (""), this function returns 0

Technical Details

Works in: From MySQL 4.0

More Examples


Search for "a" within the list of strings:

SELECT FIND_IN_SET("a", "s,q,l");
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Search for "q" within the list of strings (string list is NULL):

SELECT FIND_IN_SET("q", null);
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