REVERSE (Transact-SQL)

Returns the reverse order of a string value.

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REVERSE ( string_expression )


  • string_expression
    string_expression is an expression of a string or binary data type. string_expression can be a constant, variable, or column of either character or binary data.

Return Types

varchar or nvarchar


string_expression must be of a data type that is implicitly convertible to varchar. Otherwise, use CAST to explicitly convert string_expression.

Supplementary Characters (Surrogate Pairs)

When using SC collations, the REVERSE function will not reverse the order of two halves of a surrogate pair.


The following example returns all contact first names with the characters reversed.

USE AdventureWorks2012;
SELECT FirstName, REVERSE(FirstName) AS Reverse
FROM Person.Person
WHERE BusinessEntityID < 5
ORDER BY FirstName;

Here is the result set.

FirstName Reverse

-------------- --------------

Ken neK

Rob boR

Roberto otreboR

Terri irreT

(4 row(s) affected)

The following example reverses the characters in a variable.

DECLARE @myvar varchar(10)
SET @myvar = 'sdrawkcaB'
SELECT REVERSE(@myvar) AS Reversed ;

The following example makes an implicit conversion from an int data type into varchar data type and then reverses the result.

SELECT REVERSE(1234) AS Reversed ;

See Also


CAST and CONVERT (Transact-SQL)

Data Types (Transact-SQL)

String Functions (Transact-SQL)