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MySQL find and replace

David Carr

PHP & MySQL Tutorials

    There are times when you need to bulk update a database. Such as changing all references of to in a table of hundreds of records. Doing this manually would be very tedious a better way is to do a find and replace in MySQL directly.

    How this works is you do an update specify the table then set the column to be updated and inside a replace command set the column then what you’re looking for and what to replace it with.

    update table set column = replace(column,'find','replace')

    A practical example of this is:

    update posts set content = replace(content,'','')


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