MySQL CONCAT Function

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MySQL CONCAT function is used to concatenate two strings to form a single string. Try out the following example:

mysql> SELECT CONCAT('FIRST ', 'SECOND');
+----------------------------+
| CONCAT('FIRST ', 'SECOND') |
+----------------------------+
| FIRST SECOND               |
+----------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

To understand CONCAT function in more detail, consider an employee_tbl table, which is having the following records:

mysql> SELECT * FROM employee_tbl;
+------+------+------------+--------------------+
| id   | name | work_date  | daily_typing_pages |
+------+------+------------+--------------------+
|    1 | John | 2007-01-24 |                250 |
|    2 | Ram  | 2007-05-27 |                220 |
|    3 | Jack | 2007-05-06 |                170 |
|    3 | Jack | 2007-04-06 |                100 |
|    4 | Jill | 2007-04-06 |                220 |
|    5 | Zara | 2007-06-06 |                300 |
|    5 | Zara | 2007-02-06 |                350 |
+------+------+------------+--------------------+
7 rows in set (0.00 sec)

Now, suppose based on the above table you want to concatenate all the names employee ID and work_date, then you can do it using the following command:

mysql> SELECT CONCAT(id, name, work_date)
    -> FROM employee_tbl;
+-----------------------------+
| CONCAT(id, name, work_date) |
+-----------------------------+
| 1John2007-01-24             |
| 2Ram2007-05-27              |
| 3Jack2007-05-06             |
| 3Jack2007-04-06             |
| 4Jill2007-04-06             |
| 5Zara2007-06-06             |
| 5Zara2007-02-06             |
+-----------------------------+
7 rows in set (0.00 sec)


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