Is it possible using Python to select all features whose attribute contain a specific string?

I am new to QGIS.

The layer has an address column ("Bauvorha_3") which looks like this:

Berlin, Am Alexanderplatz, ...

Berlin, Goethestrasse, ...

Hamburg, Alsterufer, ...

Hamburg, Reeperbahn, ...

I need to select all features containing for example "Hamburg" or "ufer".

place is the user-input string. I've tried to use LIKE but it doesn't seem to work for me.

place = self.dlg.lineEdit.text()
place = str(place)
versuch = "'{}'".format(place)
search = '"Bauvorha_3" LIKE "{}%"'.format(versuch)
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    Have you seen this topic Selecting features using an expression with PyQGIS?
    – Taras
    Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 13:05
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    Try: search = """"Bauvorha_3" LIKE('%{0}%')""".format(place)
    – Bera
    Commented Apr 15, 2020 at 13:51
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    it worked, thanks a lot @BERA !
    – Brian
    Commented Apr 16, 2020 at 9:20
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    Then accept my answer with the checkbox
    – Bera
    Commented May 24, 2020 at 18:46

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search = """"Bauvorha_3" LIKE('%{0}%')""".format(place)

You were missing enclosing () and % sign before keyword. And i f you have alot of single and double quotes inside a string, enclosing everything in three double quotes usually work to make python understand what you want.

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    search = f""""Bauvorha_3" LIKE('%{place}%')"""
    – Jakob
    Commented Apr 16, 2020 at 9:47

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