Search and replace for MySQL

I often have to search and replace through lots rows in MySQL, so this is useful:

update TABLE_NAME set FIELD_NAME = replace(FIELD_NAME, 'find this string',
'replace found string with this string');

A good example of this is replacing URL strings in CMS databases. I’ll show a simple Magento one. Magento stores all the URLs in ‘core_config_data’ in the ‘value’ column. Here is an easy to way to see them:

SELECT * FROM core_config_data WHERE value LIKE 'http%';

Lets assumes this spits out some URLs:

And we want to change the domain to ‘example2’:

UPDATE core_config_data SET value = REPLACE( value , 'example' , 'example2' );

Use the SELECT … LIKE statement to check your work. Please be careful, this is a brute force search and replace.


Update: Give credit where credit is due … how-to-find-and-replace-text-in-my-database-using-sql

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