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MySQL CONVERT() Function

❮ MySQL Functions

Example

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.

Syntax

CONVERT(value, type)

OR:

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

Example

Convert a value to a CHAR datatype:

SELECT CONVERT(150, CHAR);
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Example

Convert a value to a TIME datatype:

SELECT CONVERT("14:06:10", TIME);
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Example

Convert a value to LATIN1 character set:

SELECT CONVERT("W3Schools.com" USING latin1);
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❮ MySQL Functions