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soundex() Function

Note:  Supports US English text only.


soundex( text )

Returns the soundex code, used to render similar sounding names via phonetic similarities into identical four (4) character codes.


Keyword Type Description



The text to be converted.



Usage considerations

Understanding results

The soundex code is all uppercase. The first character is retained. From the remainder, vowels are dropped.

Repeated letters are made into single letters.

"BFPV" are coded as "1", "CGJKQSXZ"] as "2","DT" as "3", "L" as "4", "MN" as "5", and "R" as "6" and unfilled characters are "0". For example, "Sullivan" and "Suliban" are both "S415". "Smith" and "Smythe" are both "S530".


soundex("John Smith") returns J525

Feature compatibility

The table below lists this function's compatibility with various features in Appian.
Feature Compatibility Note
Portals Compatible
Offline Mobile Compatible
Sync-Time Custom Record Fields Compatible

Can be used to create a custom record field that only evaluates at sync time.

Real-Time Custom Record Fields Incompatible

Custom record fields that evaluate in real time must be configured using one or more Custom Field functions.

Process Reports Compatible
Process Events Compatible
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soundex() Function