In a postgresql database, I have a table with 2 columns:

Column1 is of type VARCHAR and contains multiple rows of ids in this format: ID1123312

Column2 is of type JSONB and contains multiple rows of jsons which have this structure:

    "a": [
            "a1": "2022-01-01",
            "a2": "2026-01-31",
            "a3": 1
    "b": [
            "b1": "J",
            "b2": "1231342138adc2fehj3j21321321321kjk1423j32k9"
    "c": [
            "c1-1": "2021-02-01",
            "c1-2": "2021-01-01"
            "c2-1": "2021-04-01",
            "c2-2": "2021-03-01"

I need to build a SELECT statement to return the row above giving the value of b2 (1231342138adc2fehj3j21321321321kjk1423j32k9) as an input parameter.

Something like:

FROM table 
WHERE [Column2 contains b which contains b2 which has value '1231342138adc2fehj3j21321321321kjk1423j32k9'] ; 

OR just:

FROM table 
WHERE [value '1231342138adc2fehj3j21321321321kjk1423j32k9' exists in row from Column2 ]

I just don't know how to give this instruction.

Any help is greatly appreciated.

1 Answer 1


You can use jsonb_path_exists along with a JSON path query

WHERE jsonb_path_exists(t.jsonColumn, '$.b[*].b2 ? (@ == "1231342138adc2fehj3j21321321321kjk1423j32k9")')


The [*] in this path means "any array element" and ? (@ == ...) mean a predicate that the value at that path must equal your value.

  • Thanks a lot! This works! Could you tell me how to look for 2 or more values as well instead of just one, please? Sep 9, 2022 at 7:51
  • 1
    Depends on your exact requirements. Do you want to look for one of two b2 values, or are you looking for different properties? I suggest you take a good read of the documentation postgresql.org/docs/12/… and create a new question if you don't understand it Sep 9, 2022 at 8:18

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