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Finding exact value from a comma separated string in PHP MySQL

Posted by: admin July 12, 2020 Leave a comment

Questions:

I have a product table which contains a field called ‘categories’ to save product related category ids as comma separated values. I am using regexp to search products from a category.

Assume there is record containing 4,24,1,31
my expression is,

..WHERE categories REGEXP ',?4,?'

but this returns both product of category 4 and 24

I just need to display only category 4.

Am I missing something?

How to&Answers:

Use

WHERE categories REGEXP "(^|,)4(,|$)"

This matches 4 if surrounded by commas or at the start/end of the string.

In your present version, both commas are entirely optional, so the 4 in 24 matches.