MySQL offers FULLTEXT searching. It searches tables with columns containing text for the best matches for words and phrases.
FULLTEXT searching works strangely on tables containing small numbers of rows. So, when you're experimenting with it, you may find it helpful to obtain a medium-sized table online. Here's a table of book items, with titles and authors. You can download it, unzip it, and load it into MySQL.
FULLTEXT search is intended for use with human assistance. It's designed to yield more matches than an ordinary
WHERE column LIKE 'text%' filtering operation.
FULLTEXT search is available for
MyISAM tables. It is also available for
InnoDB tables in MySQL version 5.6.4 or later.