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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, CockroachDB, DuckDB, Exasol, Firebird, H2, HSQLDB, MariaDB, MemSQL, MySQL, Postgres, Snowflake, Teradata, Trino, Vertica, YugabyteDB

position('e' IN 'hello')

BigQuery, Informix, Oracle, SQLite

instr('hello', 'e')

DB2, Derby

locate('e', 'hello')

Hana, Sybase

locate('hello', 'e')

Access, Redshift

/* UNSUPPORTED */

(These are currently generated with jOOQ 3.20, see #10141), or translate your own on our website

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