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Status Delivered
Workspace IBM i
Categories Db2 for i
Created by Guest
Created on Oct 30, 2022


IBM i SQL URI_ENCODE / URI_DECODE Function required to provide native support for HTML entities conversion.

Benefit: Enables decoded URI value to be stored in an IBM i table as UTF-8 and displayed in ACS. Especially useful when working with different languages.

IBM i already supports URL_ENCODE and URL_DECODE SQL function.

Idea priority Urgent
  • Guest
    Nov 16, 2023
    This enhancement was delivered in November 2023 with IBM i 7.5 PTF Group level 5 and IBM i 7.4 PTF Group level 26.

    Two new built-in scalar functions, HTML_ENTITY_DECODE and HTML_ENTITY_ENCODE, handle conversions involving HTML entities.

    You can read about it on the fact page here:
    And in IBM Documentation here: and

    Db2 for i development team
    IBM Power Systems Development
  • Guest
    Feb 6, 2023

    Is there an expected difference between the existing URL_ENCODE/URL_DECODE and a "URI" version?

  • Admin
    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki
    Jan 31, 2023

    The CAAC has reviewed this IBM Idea and recommends that IBM view this as a high priority Idea that is important to be addressed. This would help rocket-propel the use of the SQL webservice functions.

    Background: The COMMON Americas Advisory Council (CAAC) members have a broad range of experience in working with small and medium-sized IBM i customers. CAAC has a key role in working with IBM i development to help assess the value and impact of individual IBM Ideas on the broader IBM i community, and has therefore reviewed your Idea.

    For more information about CAAC, see

    Nancy Uthke-Schmucki - CAAC Program Manager

  • Guest
    Nov 7, 2022
    IBM will use this Idea as input to planning, but no commitment is made or implied. This Idea will be updated in the future if IBM implements it.