An example of MySQL code that executes TRIM() to remove a prefix and/or a suffix from all entries that match a WHERE clause


The following code will remove the prefix http://wow.example.com from all rows that match the where clause:

Update `my_table`
set
`my_column` = TRIM(
  LEADING 'http://wow.example.com'
  FROM `my_column`)
WHERE (`my_column` LIKE '%http://wow.example.com/%');

The next block will remove the suffix index.php from all entries that match the where clause:

Update `my_table`
set
`my_column` = TRIM(
  TRAILING 'index.php'
  FROM `my_column`)
WHERE (`my_column` LIKE '%/index.php%');

In case we need to remove the string needle both from the prefix and the suffix while using a where clause, we can use the following code:

Update `my_table`
set
`my_column` = TRIM(
  BOTH 'needle'
  FROM `my_column`)
WHERE (`my_column` LIKE '%needle%');

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