LIKE Operator in MYSQL

The LIKE operator is used in a WHERE clause to search for a specified pattern in a column.

There are two wildcards often used in conjunction with the LIKE operator:

  • % – The percent sign represents zero, one, or multiple characters
  • _ – The underscore represents a single character


Syntax:

SELECT column1, column2, …
FROM table_name
WHERE columnN LIKE pattern

LIKE Operator

Description

WHERE CustomerName LIKE ‘a%’

Finds any values that start with “a”

WHERE CustomerName LIKE ‘%a’

Finds any values that end with “a”

WHERE CustomerName LIKE ‘%or%’

Finds any values that have “or” in any position

WHERE CustomerName LIKE ‘_r%’

Finds any values that have “r” in the second position

WHERE CustomerName LIKE ‘a_%’

Finds any values that start with “a” and are at least 2 characters in length

WHERE CustomerName LIKE ‘a__%’

Finds any values that start with “a” and are at least 3 characters in length

WHERE ContactName LIKE ‘a%o’

Finds any values that start with “a” and ends with “o”

 

Query 1:

SELECT * FROM employees where first_name like 'a%'


Output
:

Like Operator Example

As you see we have fetched all the employees whose first name starts with ‘a’

 

Query 2:

SELECT * FROM employees where first_name like '%a'


Output:

Like Operator Example

As you see we have fetched all the employees whose first name ends with ‘a’

Tester Usage Tips:

  • Validate the column values with regular expressions