Formatting number fields

Posted on 2002-06-04
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
Hi, how can I format number field in TSQL ? For example, in database I have field decimal(9,3) with value 123456.789 and I want get
123 456.79
I want define thousand delimiter and number decimal places.
In datetime fields is good function convert, but for decimal or integer not.

Thanks , Petr
Question by:svab
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 4
  • 3
LVL 143

Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 7053496
convert to money:
select CONVERT ( money, yourfield, 1 )


Author Comment

ID: 7053510
select CONVERT ( money, 1234.67, 1 )

Where is my format?
LVL 143

Expert Comment

by:Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3]
ID: 7053531
sorry, i forgot the second convert:

select convert(varchar(30),convert(money, 32234344.9278),1)

The convert to varchar needs to be from money to use the style property. See the convert topic in the BOL


Best Practices: Disaster Recovery Testing

Besides backup, any IT division should have a disaster recovery plan. You will find a few tips below relating to the development of such a plan and to what issues one should pay special attention in the course of backup planning.


Author Comment

ID: 7053560
May I change number decimal places ? I want have 0,1 and 2.
And thousend delimiter is also fix, ",".
LVL 143

Accepted Solution

Guy Hengel [angelIII / a3] earned 100 total points
ID: 7053579
unfortunately, this is not possible.
Of course, you could REPLACE the "," by " ", and eventually truncate the decimal places using

v is the formatted column like above,d the number of decimale:
for d=0:  LEFT( v , CHARINDEX ( '.', v ))
for d=1:  LEFT( v , CHARINDEX ( '.', v )+2)
for d=2:  LEFT( v , CHARINDEX ( '.', v )+3)
d>2 not possible :-)

Now, if you really want better control of formatting, I would rather use the front-end language which typically have much better options to do so. Just an idea.

Author Comment

ID: 7053594
May I change number decimal places ? I want have 0,1 and 2.
And thousend delimiter is also fix, ",".

Author Comment

ID: 7053597
Thank You angellll
LVL 69

Expert Comment

by:Scott Pletcher
ID: 7054944
If you are in SQL 2000, you could write a function which would give you any specific format you wanted.

Featured Post

Technology Partners: We Want Your Opinion!

We value your feedback.

Take our survey and automatically be enter to win anyone of the following:
Yeti Cooler, Amazon eGift Card, and Movie eGift Card!

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Introduction SQL Server Integration Services can read XML files, that’s known by every BI developer.  (If you didn’t, don’t worry, I’m aiming this article at newcomers as well.) But how far can you go?  When does the XML Source component become …
Ever needed a SQL 2008 Database replicated/mirrored/log shipped on another server but you can't take the downtime inflicted by initial snapshot or disconnect while T-logs are restored or mirror applied? You can use SQL Server Initialize from Backup…
This video shows, step by step, how to configure Oracle Heterogeneous Services via the Generic Gateway Agent in order to make a connection from an Oracle session and access a remote SQL Server database table.
Via a live example, show how to shrink a transaction log file down to a reasonable size.

756 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question