Friday, April 29, 2011

SQL Server: Float to Varchar Conversion

Recently, someone asked that, if we convert float value to varchar then result is truncated and what is the best way to get whole value converted into varchar without any truncation.
SELECT @FloatVal = 421.765433
First lets check, how SQL Server implicitly converts float value to varchar
SELECT @VarcharVal = @FloatVal
SELECT @VarcharVal

OOPS. Implicit conversion from float to varchar is NOT according to our required output. Let convert it explicitly and then assign this value to varchar variable.
SELECT @VarcharVal = CAST(@FloatVal AS VARCHAR(50))
SELECT @VarcharVal
You will observe same truncated value as a result of above query. Finally,let’s try it with convert as convert supports some formatting too.
 Yeah, that's what we were looking for.


  1. Wow, literally I am big fan of this kind of post, short , clear and concise and yet effective to teach something valuable to you within few seconds. Thanks a lot mate and I hope to see more and more from you. great tips keep it up.

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  2. According to msdn, format 128 is deprecated and might not be supported in future releases.

  3. I was trying to find a working code for a conversion from float to varchar over last two days with no success after trying dozens of solutions posted on other websites. There was always some problem.

    Your solution works great, all decimals are there, nothing is rounded up or down, it is just perfect as it should be.

  4. How about using the STR() function...

    LTRIM(Str(float_field, length, decimal))

    Select LTRIM(Str(float_field, 15, 5))

    Note: To convert to Unicode data, use STR inside a CONVERT or CAST conversion function.

  5. thanks, format 128 works ok, not 0 are added to end of the string, like using str

  6. this wont work for large float value


All suggestions are welcome