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Pulling a Segment of Text from a Text String

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You can pull a segment of text from a text string using either a MySQL or Magic ETL DataFlow (similar to using SUBSTRING in Beast Mode).


You can use SUBSTRING_INDEX()in a MySQL DataFlow to pull a segment of text from a string of text. For example, you might want to pull the number and name from {"number":"91402","name":"Frodo"}.

Use SUBSTRING_INDEX(str,delim,countto return the substring str before count occurrences of the delimiter delim. If count is positive, everything to the left of the final delimiter (counting from the left) is returned. If count is negative, everything to the right of the final delimiter (counting from the right) is returned. SUBSTRING_INDEX() performs a case-sensitive match when searching for delim

mysql> SELECT SUBSTRING_INDEX('', '.', 2); -> 'www.mysql' mysql> SELECT SUBSTRING_INDEX('', '.', -2); -> ''

Using our example...

,substring_index(substring_index(`data`, '"', 4),'"',-1)  as ‘number’

,substring_index(substring_index(`data`, '"', 8),'"',-1)  as ‘name’

SUBSTRING in a Magic ETL DataFlow

To perform a SUBSTRING action in a Magic ETL DataFlow, use the Replace Text action. You will perform two searches in the same column. For the first search, use this regular expression:


where X is the number of the character to start the SUBSTRING on.

For the first search, use this regular expression:


where Y is the number of characters to remove.

For the functions to work, make sure you click the Gear icon and select Use RegEx for both search boxes.

So in the following example...


...the SUBSTRING action begins at position 0 and extracts 7 characters.