The LIKE operator is used to list all rows in a table whose column values match a specified pattern. It is useful when you want to search rows to match a specific pattern, or when you do not know the entire value. For this purpose we use a wildcard character ‘%’.
For example: To select all the students whose name begins with ‘S’
SELECT first_name, last_name
WHERE first_name LIKE ‘S%’;
The output would be similar to:
The above select statement searches for all the rows where the first letter of the column first_name is ‘S’ and rest of the letters in the name can be any character.