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How can I select data beginning with a certain sequence of characters?

Partial matches are used to do this. Use the keyword LIKE in the selection.

  • In draft mode use the wildcard character *

For example, to find data beginning with S

  • To select on a part of a string, enclose the characters between *

For example, to find strings containing s

LIKE '*s*'


  • Strings should be enclosed in single quotes.
  • In the examples above, and in draft mode, enclosing quotes are not required. They will be added automatically after validation.
  • In draft mode one can also use the wildcard % but it will automatically be replaced with * after validation.
  • In SQL mode, only the % wildcard may be used.

For parameterised queries see Faq/Base/115