i need to use a mysql update query with regex so my example is

update table_name set coulmn_name = replace(coulmn_name, 'regex', '');

i will explain a specified thing i need to do. my column is contained some text & some html tags i need to delete all img tags from this coulmn what can i do to achieve this ?

this is my ReGex


but i don't know how to make this any help please

  • 2
    MySQL does not support RegEx for replacing.
    – user1822
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 15:57
  • ok, i will explain what a specified i need to do. my column is contained some text & some html tags i need to delete all <img> tags from this coulmn what can i do to achieve this ?
    – adnan
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 16:02

1 Answer 1


MySQL doesn't support it natively, but this is possible if you install the user-defined functions from the lib_mysqludf_preg library.

You should be able to then do something like this:

UPDATE table_name
   SET column_name = PREG_REPLACE('regex_match', 'replacement_value', column_name);

This is third-party software but it uses the standard MySQL User-defined function interface to enable custom functions written in C/C++ to interact and behave like built-in functions (e.g., REPLACE()) ... but UDFs are essentially plug-ins that can be installed and uninstalled without having to recompile the server or even having to shut it down and restart.

Above, the 'regex_match' and 'replacement_value' are the regular expression and replacement values, which can be from columns, variables, or supplied in the query as string literals. In the last case, they need to be quoted.

  • ok, i have a root access but my server is underpowered. so does this module will use alot of memory? & if i installed this module where is i put this query in phpmyadmin or another place?
    – adnan
    Commented Sep 19, 2013 at 17:44
  • It should use very little memory. While a query using the function is actually in the process of running, it will probably be CPU-intensive, not memory. You "put" (execute) the query wherever you would normally execute any other query -- once installed, this becomes another function you can use in any query, not really any different than the built-in functions like REPLACE() or CONCAT() or SUBSTRING_INDEX() or any other string function. Commented Sep 20, 2013 at 1:46
  • thanks Michael could you give me a step by step guide to install this plugin please? ... my server is CentOS 64 bit
    – adnan
    Commented Sep 22, 2013 at 5:31
  • A step-by-step tutorial is outside our scope, here. The link to the project has a README file, which states that the installation instructions are found in a file called INSTALL. Commented Sep 22, 2013 at 17:09
  • ok, thanks for your help. what about unistall?
    – adnan
    Commented Sep 23, 2013 at 8:20

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