Click here to view and discuss this page in DocCommentXchange. In the future, you will be sent there automatically.

SQL Anywhere 11.0.0 » UltraLite - Database Management and Reference » UltraLite SQL Reference » UltraLite SQL function reference » Alphabetical list of functions


LOCATE function [String]

Returns the position of one string within another.

LOCATE( string-expression-1, string-expression-2 [, integer-expression ] )
  • string-expression-1   The string to be searched.

  • string-expression-2   The string to be searched for.

  • integer-expression   The character position in the string to begin the search. The first character is position 1. If the starting offset is negative, the locate function returns the last matching string offset rather than the first. A negative offset indicates how much of the end of the string is to be excluded from the search. The number of bytes excluded is calculated as (-1 * offset) -1.


If integer-expression is specified, the search starts at that offset into the string.

The first string can be a long string (longer than 255 bytes), but the second is limited to 255 bytes. If a long string is given as the second argument, the function returns a NULL value. If the string is not found, 0 is returned. Searching for a zero-length string will return 1. If any of the arguments are NULL, the result is NULL.

If multibyte characters are used, with the appropriate collation, then the starting position and the return value may be different from the byte positions.

See also
Standards and compatibility
  • SQL/2003   Vendor extension.


The following statement returns the value 8.

   'office party this week - rsvp as soon as possible',
   2 );