How to use RIGHT in Sql Server



SQL Server provides the RIGHT function to select a number of characters starting from the right of the string. In this article, we will learn how to use right with SQL Server.

The Syntax

The basic syntax of a RIGHT is as follows:

SELECT RIGHT(string_name, length);

Getting Setup

For this, we will be using docker. This is recommended for more than just using SQL Server. To find how to install docker go here:

Now create a file called docker-compose.yml and add the following.

version: "3.9"
    image: ""
      - 1433:1433
        SA_PASSWORD: "Your_password123"
        ACCEPT_EULA: "Y"

Open a terminal and go to the folder the file is located. Then run the following.

docker-compose up

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A Simple Example

The basic example is straight forward. We can pass a string into the Right function with the number of characters we would like to select.

SELECT RIGHT('Hello World!', 6) as string;

That's the gist of using the right function. We can also use RIGHT on a table. If you would like to try that, let's first set up a table.

Creating a DB

We start by creating an employee table to work with.

CREATE TABLE employees (
    first_name VARCHAR (50) NOT NULL,
    last_name VARCHAR (50) NOT NULL

Next, we can insert some data.

insert into employees (first_name, last_name) 
	('Keith', 'Holliday'),
	('Jon', 'Doe'),
	('Jane', 'Doe');

And, we can preview the data like so.

SELECT * FROM employees;
first_name last_name
Keith Holliday
Jon Doe
Jane Doe

An Example

Now that we are set up, we can use RIGHT on our columns.

SELECT RIGHT(first_name, 5) as name FROM employees;