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MySQL CONVERT() Function


Convert a value to a DATE datatype:

SELECT CONVERT("2017-08-29", DATE);
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Definition and Usage

The CONVERT() function converts a value into the specified datatype or character set.

Tip: Also look at the CAST() function.


CONVERT(value, type)


CONVERT(value USING charset)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
value Required. The value to convert
type Required. The datatype to convert to. Can be one of the following:
Value Description
DATE Converts value to DATE. Format: "YYYY-MM-DD"
DATETIME Converts value to DATETIME. Format: "YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS"
DECIMAL Converts value to DECIMAL. Use the optional M and D parameters to specify the maximum number of digits (M) and the number of digits following the decimal point (D).
TIME Converts value to TIME. Format: "HH:MM:SS"
CHAR Converts value to CHAR (a fixed length string)
NCHAR Converts value to NCHAR (like CHAR, but produces a string with the national character set)
SIGNED Converts value to SIGNED (a signed 64-bit integer)
UNSIGNED Converts value to UNSIGNED (an unsigned 64-bit integer)
BINARY Converts value to BINARY (a binary string)
charset Required. The character set to convert to

Technical Details

Works in: From MySQL 4.0

More Examples


Convert a value to a CHAR datatype:

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Convert a value to a TIME datatype:

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Convert a value to LATIN1 character set:

SELECT CONVERT("W3Schools.com" USING latin1);
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