Is there a way to do a LIKE operation in DB2 against a varchar column in a case insensitive way, without changing the underlying column definition?

Or is there a workaround like SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE mycolumn LIKE '%string%' OR mycolumn LIKE '%STRING%' that would work?


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No. Assuming Db2 for LUW, you can choose a case-insensitive collating table, but only at the database creation time.

You'll have to standardise the case for comparison, with obvious performance implications:

SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE LCASE(mycolumn) LIKE '%string%'
  • on Db2 for i at least, you can set your session to use a different collation...
    – Charles
    Feb 11, 2020 at 17:31
  • @Charles Do you have a link that explains how to do that, set session collation? My google skills are failing me on this.
    – amber
    Apr 9, 2021 at 16:32
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    @amber you should ask this as a new question
    – Charles
    Apr 9, 2021 at 16:36


SELECT * FROM mytable WHERE REGEXP_LIKE(mycolumn,'string',1,'i')

Will work if your Db2 version supports regular expression functions https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/en/SSEPGG_11.5.0/com.ibm.db2.luw.sql.ref.doc/doc/r0061494.html and if you escape any regex meta-characters in your string

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