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POSITION

Applies to ✅ Open Source Edition   ✅ Express Edition   ✅ Professional Edition   ✅ Enterprise Edition

The POSITION() function finds the first position of a string within another string, starting with 1.

SELECT
  position('hello', 'e'),
  position('hello', 'l', 4);
create.select(
  position("hello", "e"), 
  position("hello", "e", 4)).fetch();

The result being

+----------+----------+
| position | position |
+----------+----------+
|        2 |        4 |
+----------+----------+

Dialect support

This example using jOOQ:

position("hello", "e")

Translates to the following dialect specific expressions:

-- ASE, SQLDATAWAREHOUSE, SQLSERVER
charindex('e', 'hello')

-- AURORA_MYSQL, AURORA_POSTGRES, CUBRID, FIREBIRD, H2, HSQLDB, MARIADB, MEMSQL, MYSQL, POSTGRES, TERADATA, VERTICA
position('e' IN 'hello')

-- DB2, DERBY
locate('e', 'hello')

-- HANA, INGRES, SYBASE
locate('hello', 'e')

-- ORACLE, SQLITE
instr('hello', 'e')

-- ACCESS, COCKROACHDB, INFORMIX, REDSHIFT
/* UNSUPPORTED */

(These are currently generated with jOOQ 3.14, see #10141)

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