RIGHT (Transact-SQL)

Returns the right part of a character string with the specified number of characters.

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RIGHT ( character_expression , integer_expression )


  • character_expression
    Is an expression of character or binary data. character_expression can be a constant, variable, or column. character_expression can be of any data type, except text or ntext, that can be implicitly converted to varchar or nvarchar. Otherwise, use the CAST function to explicitly convert character_expression.

  • integer_expression
    Is a positive integer that specifies how many characters of character_expression will be returned. If integer_expression is negative, an error is returned. If integer_expression is type bigint and contains a large value, character_expression must be of a large data type such as varchar(max).

Return Types

Returns varchar when character_expression is a non-Unicode character data type.

Returns nvarchar when character_expression is a Unicode character data type.

Supplementary Characters (Surrogate Pairs)

When using SC collations, the RIGHT function counts a UTF-16 surrogate pair as a single character. For more information, see Collation and Unicode Support.


The following example returns the five rightmost characters of the first name for each contact.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
SELECT RIGHT(FirstName, 5) AS 'First Name'
FROM Person.Person
WHERE BusinessEntityID < 5
ORDER BY FirstName;

Here is the result set.

First Name

(4 row(s) affected)

See Also


CAST and CONVERT (Transact-SQL)

Data Types (Transact-SQL)

String Functions (Transact-SQL)