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How to compare strings in mysql case sensitive


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My application includes a query where I want to list all products with a name that starts in upper case. The SQL looked like

.. where prod_name >= 'A' and prod_name <= 'Z';

Turns out this included lowercase products. A further investigation shows

select 'A' = 'a';

returns TRUE (1). How can I make mysql case sensitive?


Instead of using the = operator, you may want to use LIKE or LIKE BINARY

// this returns 1 (true)
select 'A' like 'a'

// this returns 0 (false)
select 'A' like binary 'a'

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2008-06-07, 21:05:17
anonymous from United States  
Nice and simple article. I was looking for a way to do this that was simple, and you're shown just that. Keep it up!!
2008-06-17, 05:18:39
anonymous from France  
Found this useful until I realized that some of the strings I want to compare contain '_' and '%' characters that LIKE will interpret as wildcards.

I then tried SELECT BINARY A = B, that solved my problem.

2009-06-29, 05:13:51
anonymous from Portugal  
Well Done thats it.
2009-08-12, 05:31:40
Thank u gr8 work man!!!!!
2009-08-24, 09:45:23   (updated: 2009-08-24, 09:46:07)
anonymous from Canada  
Thank u gr8 - I had a login that was redirecting to another directory and the case had to be the same as it.
2009-12-22, 06:13:57
anonymous from Indonesia  
wonderful trick, thanks.
2010-03-26, 07:36:59
happy-feet from India  
thanks a lot !!
it helped :))
2011-11-20, 11:03:00
Thank you! After 2 years, this helped me much.

2012-12-30, 08:01:24
anonymous from Germany  
Thank you!even after 3 years, this helped me much.



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