How to remove all non-alphanumeric characters from a string in MySQL?

Non-alphanumeric characters are as follows −

@,!,#,&,(),?, /

There is no inbuilt function to remove non-alphanumeric characters from a string in MySQL. Therefore, we create a function which removes all non-alphanumeric characters. The function declaration and definition is as follows.

mysql> delimiter //
   -> BEGIN
   ->   DECLARE var1, length SMALLINT DEFAULT 1;
   ->   DECLARE result CHAR(255) DEFAULT '';
   ->   DECLARE ch CHAR(1);
   ->   SET length  = CHAR_LENGTH( s );
   ->   REPEAT
   ->     BEGIN
   ->       SET ch = MID( s, var1, 1 );
   ->       IF ch REGEXP '[[:alnum:]]' THEN
   ->         SET result =CONCAT(result ,ch);
   ->       END IF;
   ->       SET var1 = var1 + 1;
   ->     END;
   ->   UNTIL var1 >length  END REPEAT;
   ->   RETURN result ;
   -> END //
Query OK, 0 rows affected (0.10 sec)

The function named ‘RemoveNonAlphaNumeric’ removes all non-alphanumeric characters from a string. To check, we will now call the user-defined function.

mysql>delimiter ;
mysql>  select 'My Email id is test@123!',RemoveNonAlphaNumeric('My Email id is test@123!');

The following is the output that displays the successful removal of alphanumeric characters using the function “RemoveNonAlphaNumeric”.

| My Email id is test@123! | removeNonAlphaNumeric('My Email id is test@123!') |
| My Email id is test@123! | MyEmailidistest123                                |
1 row in set (0.15 sec)

In this string (MyEmailidistest123 ),there are no @ and ! symbols now, which means the function is working correctly.

Updated on: 30-Jul-2019

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