ORD( )

This MySQL function returns an ordinal value, the position of a character in the ASCII character set of the left-most character in a given string.

Syntax

Below is the syntax for this command. Text within square brackets (i.e, [ and ] ) are optional. Choices are separated by bars (i.e, | ). Ellipses preceded by a comma indicates a repeating pattern. Ellipses before or after syntax are used to highlight a relevant except from the larger syntax. Text displayed in italic letters represent text that should be replaced with the specific names related to the database (e.g., column with the name of the column).

ORD(string)

Explanation

This function returns an ordinal value, the position of a character in the ASCII character set of the left-most character in a given string. For multi-byte characters, it follows a formula to determine the results: byte1 + (byte2 * 256) + (byte3 *2562)...

Examples

SELECT ORD('A'), ORD('a');

+----------+----------+
| ORD('A') | ORD('a') |
+----------+----------+
|       65 |       97 |
+----------+----------+