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SQL REGEXP_REPLACE Function


SQL REGEXP_REPLACE function original string represent to a regular expression pattern. Original string replaced with regular expression pattern string. If not matches return a original string.

Supported Oracle SQL Version :

  • Oracle 10g
  • Oracle 11g
  • Oracle 12c

Syntax :

REGEXP_REPLACE(original_string, pattern [, replace_string [ , position [ , occurrence [ , match_param ] ] ] ] )

Parameters :

  • original_string is 0 then SUBSTR function count start as 1.
  • pattern is positive number then SUBSTR function extract from beginning of the string.
  • replace_string is negative number then SUBSTR function extract from end of the string to count backside.
  • position is a integer values specified the position to start search. default position is 1 mean begin of the original string.
  • occurrence is specifies positive integer number.
    • If occurrence value specify 0 then replace all matched.
    • And if occurrence value any positive number then replace only that number matched.
  • match_param is a expression flag.
    • i - ignore case
    • c - case sensitive
    • n - match any character as well as match newline character
    • m - multi line
    • x - ignore whitespace

Example :

Consider following example is REGEXP_REPLACE function find 1 or more (.) character in original string replace to single blank space.

SQL> SELECT 
    REGEXP_REPLACE('10...taxo.....court,...near..tuff.......mountain','(\.){2,}', ' ') "DOT_REPLACE_TO_SINGLE_SPACE" 
    FROM DUAL;

DOT_REPLACE_TO_SINGLE_SPACE
---------------------------------
10 taxo court, near tuff mountain

Regular Expression References

Following are regular expressions operator that are create patterns for letter use either string replacing or getting sub string from the string using regular expression pattern.

Flags Reference

You can also specify optional regular expression flags. Flags that allow for global searching, case insensitive searching. These flags you can define either separately or together.

Flags Description
iignore case
ccase sensitive
nmatch any character as well as match newline character
mmulti line
xignore whitespace

Quantifiers/Alternative Classes

Character Description
.Any character except newline
Example. . - Matches any character
*Matches O or more preceding character
Example. b* - bbbeee
+Matches 1 or more preceding character
Example. b+ - bbbeee, beee
?Matches either 0 or 1 preceding character, effectively matches is optional
Example. Goog?le - Goole , Google
|Represent like a boolean OR for alternative matches
Example. AB|CD - match ab or cd

Grouping Classes

Character Description
[ ]Matches any character in the set
Example. [ABC] - matches any of a, b, or c
( )Capture groups of sequence character together
Example. (name) - matches sequence of group character

Ranging Classes

Character Description
{a}matches exactly m time
Example. b{1} - match exactly 1 time
{a,}matches exactly m or more time
Example. b{1,} - match exactly 1 or more time
{a, z}matches m to n times
Example. b{3,5} - match between 3 & 5

Escape Character Classes

Character Description
\specified the next special character
Example. \\ - Matches a "\" character.
\nMatches a n number (digit 1 to 10) LINE FEED character enclosed between ( and ).

Anchors Classes

Character Description
^Beginning of the string. If more then one line matches any beginning line.
Example. ^ABC - starting character A then match ABC
$Ending of the string. If more then one line matches any ending line. Example.
ABC$ - ending character C then match ABC
\AMatches only at the beginning of the string.
Example. h\A - hello Opal! (matches only 'hello')
\ZMatches only at the ending of the string.
Example. o\A - hello Opal! (matches only 'hello')

Character Classes

Character Description
\dMatches digit character
Example. \d - Hello123 (matches only '123')
\DMatches non digit character
Example. \d - Hello123 (matches only 'Hello')
\wMatches word character
Example. \w - Hello123###/* (matches only 'Hello123')
\WMatches non word character
Example. \W - Hello123###/* (matches only '###/*')
\sMatches whitespace
Example. \s - Hello 123 ### (matches only whitespace)
\SMatches non whitespace
Example. \S - Hello 123 ### (matches non whitespace 'Hello' and '123' and '###')