The strpos() function searches from the left side of the string. But instead of always trimming the string, I would like to get the position from the right side. Is there anyway to do this in the field calculator?

Here is the specific case of application:

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I wanted to get the part of the string in "FolderPath" up the first '/' from the right.

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    I think this is a pure Python question about string manipulation that you would be better researching at Stack Overflow.
    – PolyGeo
    Jul 13, 2016 at 8:56
  • Maybe,but I needed to solve it immediately and am not as firm to python as I wanted to be. Without creating a auxiliary field I used: right("FolderPath",length("FolderPath")-29). Since there are always 29 characters infront of my aimed string part.
    – Velester
    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:01

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I would use regexp_substr instead of strpos so in your example something like:


The first item ("FolderPath") is your column name (enclosed in "), the second is a standard python regular expression. There is a regexp howto available to help you out.

  • I'm playing around with your suggestion, but it doesnt work. ofc i used"regexp_substr()". Do you have a good documentation what to write in the 'regex'?
    – Velester
    Jul 13, 2016 at 9:13

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