MySQL RIGHT() function

RIGHT() function

MySQL RIGHT() extracts a specified number of characters from the right side of a string.


RIGHT(str, len)


Name Description
str A string from whose right side a number of characters are to be extracted.
len An integer indicating the number of characters to be extracted from str.

Note: This function is multi-byte safe.

Syntax Diagram:

MySQL RIGHT() Function - Syntax Diagram

MySQL Version: 5.6

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Example of MySQL RIGHT() function

The following MySQL statement returns the rightmost 8 characters for the given string ‘w3resource’.


SELECT RIGHT('w3resource',8);

Sample Output:

mysql> SELECT RIGHT('w3resource',8);
| RIGHT('w3resource',8) |
| resource              | 
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

Example of MySQL RIGHT() function using table

The following MySQL statement returns the rightmost 7 characters from the column ‘aut_name’ in the table author for those rows, which have the column value of ‘country’ is ‘UK’.


SELECT aut_name,
FROM author 
WHERE country='UK'; 

Sample table: author

Sample Output:

mysql> SELECT aut_name,
    -> RIGHT(aut_name,7) 
    -> FROM author 
    -> WHERE country='UK';
| aut_name        | RIGHT(aut_name,7) |
| William Norton  |  Norton           | 
| William Anthony | Anthony           | 
| Piers Gibson    |  Gibson           | 
| C. J. Wilde     | . Wilde           | 
4 rows in set (0.00 sec)

PHP script

<!doctype html>
<html lang="en">
<meta charset="utf-8">
<meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1.0">
<title>example-right-function - php mysql examples | w3resource</title>
<meta name="description" content="example-right-function - php mysql examples | w3resource">
<link rel="stylesheet" href="https://maxcdn.bootstrapcdn.com/bootstrap/3.3.5/css/bootstrap.min.css">
<div class="container">
<div class="row">
<div class="col-md-12">
<h2>A list of Authors those who belong to UK. Second column shows a string containg last seven characters of the Author's name:</h2>
<table class='table table-bordered'>
<th>Author's name</th><th>Last seven characters of the Author's name</th>
$db = "your_dbname";
$dbh = new PDO("mysql:host=$hostname;dbname=$db", $username, $password);
foreach($dbh->query('SELECT aut_name,RIGHT(aut_name,7)
FROM author
WHERE country="UK"') as $row) {
echo "<tr>"; 
echo "<td>" . $row['aut_name'] . "</td>";
echo "<td>" . $row['RIGHT(aut_name,7)'] . "</td>";
echo "</tr>";  

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JSP script

<%@page contentType="text/html" pageEncoding="UTF-8"%>
<%@ page import="java.sql.*" %>
<%@ page import="java.io.*" %>
<!DOCTYPE html>
<meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
try {
String Host = "jdbc:mysql://localhost:3306/w3resour_bookinfo";
Connection connection = null;
Statement statement = null;
ResultSet rs = null;
connection = DriverManager.getConnection(Host, "root", "datasoft123");
statement = connection.createStatement();
String Data ="SELECT aut_name,RIGHT(aut_name,7) FROM author WHERE country='UK'";
rs = statement.executeQuery(Data);
<TABLE border="1">
<tr width="10" bgcolor="#9979">
<td>Author's name</td>
<td>Last seven characters of the Author's name</td>
while (rs.next()) {
<%   }    %>
} catch (Exception ex) {
out.println("Cant connect to database.");

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