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MySQL LEFT() Function

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Extract 3 characters from a string (starting from left):

SELECT LEFT("SQL Tutorial", 3) AS ExtractString;
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Definition and Usage

The LEFT() function extracts a number of characters from a string (starting from left).

Tip: Also look at the RIGHT() function.


LEFT(string, number_of_chars)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
string Required. The string to extract from
number_of_chars Required. The number of characters to extract. If this parameter is larger than the number of characters in string, this function will return string

Technical Details

Works in: From MySQL 4.0

More Examples


Extract 5 characters from the text in the "CustomerName" column (starting from left):

SELECT LEFT(CustomerName, 5) AS ExtractString
FROM Customers;
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