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Tip: Extract All Numbers from a String in SQL

Learn this easy way to extract numbers from a string.


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In SQL you can use PATINDEX (which makes use of Regular Expressions) to extract all the numbers from within a string as shown:

DECLARE @strNumbers VARCHAR(100) = 'I was born in 1978. I am 39 years old. Hopefully I wll make it to 40'
DECLARE @Pos SMALLINT = 0
SET @Pos = PATINDEX('%[^0-9]%', @strNumbers) --Find first character
 
WHILE (@Pos > 0)
BEGIN
    -- Replace alphabet with empty string.
    SET @strNumbers = STUFF(@strNumbers, @Pos, 1, '')
   
    -- Find next alphabet
    SET @Pos = PATINDEX('%[^0-9]%', @strNumbers)
END
SELECT @strNumbers [Output]

 

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