REPLACE (Transact-SQL)

Replaces all occurrences of a specified string value with another string value.

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REPLACE ( string_expression1 , string_expression2 , string_expression3 )


  • string_expression1
    Is the string expression to be searched. string_expression1 can be of a character or binary data type.
  • string_expression2
    Is the substring to be found. string_expression2 can be of a character or binary data type.
  • string_expression3
    Is the replacement string. string_expression3 can be of a character or binary data type.

Return Types

Returns nvarchar if one of the input arguments is of the nvarchar data type; otherwise, REPLACE returns varchar.

Returns NULL if any one of the arguments is NULL.


REPLACE performs comparisons based on the collation of the input. To perform a comparison in a specified collation, you can use COLLATE to apply an explicit collation to the input.


The following example replaces the string cde in abcdefghi with xxx.

SELECT REPLACE('abcdefghicde','cde','xxx');

Here is the result set.

(1 row(s) affected)

The following example uses the COLLATE function.

SELECT    REPLACE('Das ist ein Test'  COLLATE Latin1_General_BIN,
'Test', 'desk' );

Here is the result set.

Das ist ein desk
(1 row(s) affected)

See Also


Data Types (Transact-SQL)
String Functions (Transact-SQL)

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