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MySQL LOCATE() Function

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Search for "3" in string "", and return position:

SELECT LOCATE("3", "") AS MatchPosition;
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Definition and Usage

The LOCATE() function returns the position of the first occurrence of a substring in a string.

If the substring is not found within the original string, this function returns 0.

This function performs a case-insensitive search.

Note: This function is equal to the POSITION() function.


LOCATE(substring, string, start)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
substring Required. The substring to search for in string
string Required. The string that will be searched
start Optional. The starting position for the search. Position 1 is default

Technical Details

Works in: From MySQL 4.0

More Examples


Search for "com" in string "" (start at position 3), and return position:

SELECT LOCATE("com", "", 3) AS MatchPosition;
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Search for "a" in CustomerName column, and return position:

SELECT LOCATE("a", CustomerName)
FROM Customers;
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