RLIKE

Tests if a string matches a given regular expression pattern.

RLIKE and LIKE are similar, but RLIKE uses POSIX regular expressions instead of the SQL patterns.

See also: LIKE, REGEXP_COUNT, REGEXP_INSTR, REGEXP_SUBSTR.

Syntax

string_expr [ NOT ] RLIKE string_test_expr

Arguments

Parameter

Description

string_expr

String to test

string_test_expr

Test pattern

Test patterns

Pattern

Description

^

Match the beginning of a string

$

Match the end of a string

.

Match any character (including whitespace such as carriage return and newline)

*

Match the preceding pattern zero or more times

+

Match the preceding pattern at least once

?

Match the preceding pattern once at most

de|abc

Match either de or abc

(abc)*

Match zero or more instances of the sequence abc

{2}

Match the preceding pattern exactly two times

{2,4}

Match the preceding pattern between two and four times

[a-dX], [^a-dX]

Matches any character that is (or is not when negated with ^) either a, b, c, d, or X. The - character between two other characters forms a range that matches all characters from the first character to the second. For example, [0-9] matches any decimal digit. To include a literal ] character, it must immediately follow the opening bracket [. To include a literal - character, it must be written first or last. Any character that does not have a defined special meaning inside a [] pair matches only itself.

Returns

TRUE if the test string matches the pattern, or FALSE otherwise.

Notes

  • The test pattern must be literal string. Column references or complex expressions are currently unsupported.

  • If the value is NULL, the result is NULL.

Examples

For these examples, assume a table named nba, with the following structure:

CREATE TABLE nba
(
   Name varchar(40),
   Team varchar(40),
   Number tinyint,
   Position varchar(2),
   Age tinyint,
   Height varchar(4),
   Weight real,
   College varchar(40),
   Salary float
 );

Here’s a peek at the table contents (Download nba.csv):

nba.csv

Name

Team

Number

Position

Age

Height

Weight

College

Salary

Avery Bradley

Boston Celtics

0.0

PG

25.0

6-2

180.0

Texas

7730337.0

Jae Crowder

Boston Celtics

99.0

SF

25.0

6-6

235.0

Marquette

6796117.0

John Holland

Boston Celtics

30.0

SG

27.0

6-5

205.0

Boston University

R.J. Hunter

Boston Celtics

28.0

SG

22.0

6-5

185.0

Georgia State

1148640.0

Jonas Jerebko

Boston Celtics

8.0

PF

29.0

6-10

231.0

5000000.0

Amir Johnson

Boston Celtics

90.0

PF

29.0

6-9

240.0

12000000.0

Jordan Mickey

Boston Celtics

55.0

PF

21.0

6-8

235.0

LSU

1170960.0

Kelly Olynyk

Boston Celtics

41.0

C

25.0

7-0

238.0

Gonzaga

2165160.0

Terry Rozier

Boston Celtics

12.0

PG

22.0

6-2

190.0

Louisville

1824360.0

Match the beginning of a string

This form is equivalent to ... LIKE "Portland%"

nba=> SELECT "Name","Age","Salary","Team" FROM nba WHERE "Team" RLIKE '^(Portland)+' LIMIT 5;
Name            | Age | Salary  | Team
----------------+-----+---------+-----------------------
Cliff Alexander |  20 |  525093 | Portland Trail Blazers
Al-Farouq Aminu |  25 | 8042895 | Portland Trail Blazers
Pat Connaughton |  23 |  625093 | Portland Trail Blazers
Allen Crabbe    |  24 |  947276 | Portland Trail Blazers
Ed Davis        |  27 | 6980802 | Portland Trail Blazers

Negate with NOT

nba=> SELECT "Name","Age","Salary","Team" FROM nba WHERE "Team" NOT RLIKE '^(Portland)+' LIMIT 5;
Name          | Age | Salary  | Team
--------------+-----+---------+---------------
Avery Bradley |  25 | 7730337 | Boston Celtics
Jae Crowder   |  25 | 6796117 | Boston Celtics
John Holland  |  27 |         | Boston Celtics
R.J. Hunter   |  22 | 1148640 | Boston Celtics
Jonas Jerebko |  29 | 5000000 | Boston Celtics

Match the middle of a string

nba=> SELECT "Name","Age","Salary","Team" FROM nba WHERE "Team" RLIKE '(zz)' LIMIT 5;
Name           | Age | Salary  | Team
---------------+-----+---------+------------------
Jordan Adams   |  21 | 1404600 | Memphis Grizzlies
Tony Allen     |  34 | 5158539 | Memphis Grizzlies
Chris Andersen |  37 | 5000000 | Memphis Grizzlies
Matt Barnes    |  36 | 3542500 | Memphis Grizzlies
Vince Carter   |  39 | 4088019 | Memphis Grizzlies

Find players with a Roman numeral suffix

Use $ to match only the end of the string

nba=> SELECT "Name","Age","Salary","Team" FROM nba WHERE "Name" RLIKE '[XCLVMI]$';
Name                | Age | Salary  | Team
--------------------+-----+---------+------------------
Glenn Robinson III  |  22 | 1100000 | Indiana Pacers
Johnny O'Bryant III |  23 |  845059 | Milwaukee Bucks
Frank Kaminsky III  |  23 | 2612520 | Charlotte Hornets

Find players with just one middle name

nba=> SELECT "Name","Age","Salary","Team" FROM nba WHERE "Name" RLIKE '^[a-zA-Z]+ [a-zA-Z]+ [a-zA-Z]+$';
Name                 | Age | Salary  | Team
---------------------+-----+---------+----------------------
James Michael McAdoo |  23 |  845059 | Golden State Warriors
Metta World Peace    |  36 |  947276 | Los Angeles Lakers
Glenn Robinson III   |  22 | 1100000 | Indiana Pacers
Frank Kaminsky III   |  23 | 2612520 | Charlotte Hornets