How to perform string does not equal in MySQL

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I have the following mysql query:

SELECT * FROM table WHERE name <> ‘username’;

I am expecting to return all the results where name is not the string username, But this not working. Am I doing wrong?

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Your “where” clause will return all rows where name does not match username AND where name is not null.

If you want to include NULL results as well, you can try following where clause:

where name <> ‘username’ or name is null

If you are looking for strings that do not contain the word “username” as a substring, then like can be used:

where name not like ‘%username%’

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