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PostgreSQL – REPLACE Function

  • Last Updated : 01 Feb, 2021

In PostgreSQL, the REPLACE function is used to search and replace all occurrences of a string with a new one.

Syntax: REPLACE(source, old_text, new_text );

Let’s analyze the above syntax:

  • The source is a string where you want to replace the existing string.
  • The old_text is the string that is to be searched and subsequently replaced. The old_text can occur multiple times and each of them gets replaced on the function is executed.
  • The new_text is the new text string that is suppose to replace the old text ( old_text ).

Example 1:

The following statement replaces the substring  ‘tt’ with  ‘xx’ in a URL:

SELECT
    REPLACE (
        'https://www.geeksforgeeks.org',
        'tt',
        'xx'
    );

Output:



Example 2:

The below statement updates the email column to replace the domain ‘sakilacustomer.org’ with ‘geeksforgeek.org’, in the customer table of the sample database, ie, dvdrental:

UPDATE 
   customer
SET 
   email = REPLACE (
      email,
    'sakilacustomer.org',
    'geeksforgeeks.org'
   );

To verify it use the below statement:

SELECT
    first_name,
    last_name,
    email
FROM
    customer;

Output:

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