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What is REGEXP_REPLACE used for?

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What is REGEXP_REPLACE used for?

Daniel Steinhold Answered question July 26, 2023
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In Snowflake, the REGEXP_REPLACE function is used to replace substrings within a string using regular expressions. It allows you to perform pattern-based substitutions on text data. Here's the syntax for the REGEXP_REPLACE function in Snowflake:

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REGEXP_REPLACE(string_expression, pattern, replacement)

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The REGEXP_REPLACE function takes three arguments:

- **`string_expression`**: The source string in which the substitutions will be made.
- **`pattern`**: The regular expression pattern to match within the source string.
- **`replacement`**: The string that will replace the matched pattern.

Example usage:

```
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SELECT REGEXP_REPLACE('Hello, World!', '[Hh]ello', 'Hi') AS replaced_string;

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This query will return the replaced string **`'Hi, World!'`**. The pattern **`[Hh]ello`** matches either **`'Hello'`** or **`'hello'`**, and they are replaced with **`'Hi'`**.

The REGEXP_REPLACE function is useful when you want to perform advanced string substitutions based on patterns rather than exact matches. Regular expressions provide flexible pattern matching capabilities, allowing you to perform complex text transformations, search and replace operations, and data cleansing tasks.

Snowflake supports the POSIX regular expression syntax for pattern matching in REGEXP_REPLACE and other regular expression functions. It allows you to use various metacharacters, quantifiers, character classes, and anchors to define patterns.

Note that Snowflake also provides other regular expression functions like REGEXP_SUBSTR, REGEXP_INSTR, REGEXP_LIKE, and REGEXP_COUNT for different regular expression operations.

Daniel Steinhold Answered question July 26, 2023
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