How to get first N characters from a MySQL column?

MySQLMySQLi Database

Use SUBSTRING() to get first N characters from a MySQL column. Let us first create a table −

mysql>create table DemoTable
(
   Information text
);
Query OK, 0 rows affected (2.63 sec)

Insert records in the table using insert command −

mysql>insert into DemoTable values('MySQL is a structured query language');
Query OK, 1 row affected (0.13 sec)

Following is the query to display all records from the table using select statement −

mysql>select *from DemoTable;

This will produce the following output −

+--------------------------------------+
| Information                          |
+--------------------------------------+
| MySQL is a structured query language |
+--------------------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Here is the query to get first N characters from the column. In this case, we are selecting the first 10 characters −

mysql>select substring(Information,1,10) from DemoTable;

This will produce the following output −

+-----------------------------+
| substring(Information,1,10) |
+-----------------------------+
| MySQL is a                  |
+-----------------------------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)
raja
Published on 30-Apr-2019 07:20:50
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