Back in SQL Server, I use the command below to get the matching string pattern of #1234 from the column called Number

SELECT [m].[Number]
FROM [Boats] AS [m]
WHERE [m].[Number] LIKE N'[#][0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]'

Now in Postgres, I have tried using the command below, but no luck:

SELECT m.Number
FROM Boats AS m
WHERE m.Number ILIKE '#[0-9][0-9][0-9][0-9]'

Any idea what pattern expression should I use to get the correct filter?

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    LIKE doesn't support regular expressions in SQL
    – user1822
    Feb 16, 2021 at 6:11

1 Answer 1


You can use the operator ~ that uses the full power of regular expressions

select *
from (values ('#1234'), ('#3333'), ('#abcd')) as boats (number)
where number ~* '#\d{4}'

A stricter version of the regex would be '^#\d{4}$', so that it matches only strings that start with # then have 4, and only 4 numbers, and then there is the end of the string.

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