LTRIM (SSIS Expression)

APPLIES TO: yesSQL Server, including on Linux yesAzure SQL Database yesAzure SQL Data Warehouse noParallel Data Warehouse

Returns a character expression after removing leading spaces.

Note

LTRIM does not remove white-space characters such as the tab or line feed characters. Unicode provides code points for many different types of spaces, but this function recognizes only the Unicode code point 0x0020. When double-byte character set (DBCS) strings are converted to Unicode they may include space characters other than 0x0020 and the function cannot remove such spaces. To remove all kinds of spaces, you can use the Microsoft Visual Basic .NET LTrim method in a script run from the Script component.

Syntax

  
LTRIM(character expression)  

Arguments

character_expression
Is a character expression from which to remove spaces.

Result Types

DT_WSTR

Remarks

LTRIM works only with the DT_WSTR data type. A character_expression argument that is a string literal or a data column with the DT_STR data type is implicitly cast to the DT_WSTR data type before LTRIM performs its operation. Other data types must be explicitly cast to the DT_WSTR data type. For more information, see Integration Services Data Types and Cast (SSIS Expression).

LTRIM returns a null result if the argument is null.

Expression Examples

This example removes leading spaces from a string literal. The return result is "Hello".

LTRIM("    Hello")  

This example removes leading spaces from the FirstName column.

LTRIM(FirstName)  

This example removes leading spaces from the FirstName variable.

LTRIM(@FirstName)  

See Also

RTRIM (SSIS Expression)
TRIM (SSIS Expression)
Functions (SSIS Expression)