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SQL Server SUBSTRING() Function

❮ SQL Server Functions

Example

Extract 3 characters from a string, starting in position 1:

SELECT SUBSTRING('SQL Tutorial', 1, 3) AS ExtractString;
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Definition and Usage

The SUBSTRING() function extracts some characters from a string.

Syntax

SUBSTRING(string, start, length)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
string Required. The string to extract from
start Required. The start position. The first position in string is 1
length Required. The number of characters to extract. Must be a positive number

Technical Details

Works in: SQL Server (starting with 2008), Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse, Parallel Data Warehouse

More Examples

Example

Extract 5 characters from the "CustomerName" column, starting in position 1:

SELECT SUBSTRING(CustomerName, 1, 5) AS ExtractString
FROM Customers;
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Example

Extract 100 characters from a string, starting in position 1:

SELECT SUBSTRING('SQL Tutorial', 1, 100) AS ExtractString;
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❮ SQL Server Functions