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REVERSE (Transact-SQL)

Returns the reverse order of a string value.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.

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REVERSE ( 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.

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. This example uses the AdventureWorks2012 database.

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 ;

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