I have a table jsondocs with the following columns:

json TEXT

I want to check if the columns json contains some values but not exact match.

For example I can to do something like:

select * from jsondocs where json like '%id:123%'

But for an array containing 100 values. I mean something like (pseudo-code):

select * from jsondocs where json like in ('%id:123%','%id:123234324423243%',...)

I want to do a "like" search from values provided in an array.

  • Please edit your question and show us a sample JSON value that you want to search
    – user1822
    Commented Nov 16, 2022 at 10:01
  • Well iot may be a json but also can be any value from a text field. The is more what I am more interested in. Commented Nov 16, 2022 at 10:49
  • It makes no sense to treat a JSON value like this. Commented Nov 19, 2022 at 21:15

1 Answer 1


There are 2 approaches in your problem:

Approach 1

Search as text combining like and any:

select * from jsondocs where json like any(ARRAY['%id:123%','%id:123234324423243%',...])

Approach 2

If you know that the json will have a specific key and the values belong to a specific key in the json field then use this approach:

Assuming that json column contains the following:

select * from jsondocs where json::jsonb->>mykey like any(ARRAY['%id:123%','%id:123234324423243%',...])

Generally if you want to do a like from a values in an array use:

mycol like any(ARRAY[^values^])

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