SQL Eval Function Regex_IsMatchOp

Regex_IsMatchOp indicates whether the specified regular expression finds a match in the specified input string using the specified matching options.

Regex_IsMatchOp (
    @input NVARCHAR (MAX),
    @pattern NVARCHAR (MAX),
    @options INT


  • input: The input string that contains the text to convert.
  • pattern: The regular expression pattern to match.
  • options: A bitwise combination of the enumeration values that provide options for matching.


You can use any of the following options.

Options Integer Value Descritpiton
None 0 Specifies that no options are set.
IgnoreCase 1 Specifies case-insensitive matching.
Multiline 2 Multiline mode. Changes the meaning of ^ and $ so they match at the beginning and end, respectively, of any line, and not just the beginning and end of the entire string.
ExplicitCapture 4 Specifies that the only valid captures are explicitly named or numbered groups of the form (?…). This allows unnamed parentheses to act as noncapturing groups without the syntactic clumsiness of the expression (?:…).
Compiled 8 Specifies that the regular expression is compiled to an assembly. This yields faster execution but increases startup time.
Singleline 16 Specifies single-line mode. Changes the meaning of the dot (.) so it matches every character (instead of every character except \n).
IgnorePatternWhitespace 32 Eliminates unescaped whitespace from the pattern and enables comments marked with #.
RightToLeft 64 Specifies that the search will be from right to left instead of from left to right.
ECMAScript 256 Enables ECMAScript-compliant behavior for the expression. This value can be used only in conjunction with the IgnoreCase, Multiline, and Compiled values. The use of this value with any other values results in an exception.
CultureInvariant 512 Specifies that cultural differences in language are ignored.

You can also use more than one option by specifying the sum of their integer values. For example, to specify IgnoreCase and Multiline options, use 3 integer value and pass it as 3rd parameter.


The zero-based index position in the original string where the first character of the captured substring is found or -1 if it is not.


SELECT SQLNET::Regex_IsMatchOp('A08Z-931-468A', '^[a-zA-Z0-9]\d{2}[a-zA-Z0-9](-\d{3}){2}[A-Za-z0-9]$', 1)
SELECT SQLNET::Regex_IsMatchOp('_A90-123-129X', '^[a-zA-Z0-9]\d{2}[a-zA-Z0-9](-\d{3}){2}[A-Za-z0-9]$', 3)


It is equivalent to Regex_IsMatchOp except no NVARCHAR(MAX) parameters; it can be used when input data will never be over 4000 characters as this function offers better performance.

Regex_IsMatchOp4k (
    @input NVARCHAR (4000),
    @pattern NVARCHAR (4000),
    @options INT


SELECT SQLNET::Regex_IsMatchOp4k('A08Z-931-468A', '^[a-zA-Z0-9]\d{2}[a-zA-Z0-9](-\d{3}){2}[A-Za-z0-9]$', 1)
SELECT SQLNET::Regex_IsMatchOp4k('_A90-123-129X', '^[a-zA-Z0-9]\d{2}[a-zA-Z0-9](-\d{3}){2}[A-Za-z0-9]$', 3)