Data Conversion Transformation

The Data Conversion transformation converts the data in an input column to a different data type and then copies it to a new output column. For example, a package can extract data from multiple sources, and then use this transformation to convert columns to the data type required by the destination data store. You can apply multiple conversions to a single input column.

You can configure the Data Conversion transformation in the following ways:

  • Specify the columns that contain the data to convert and the types of data conversions to perform.
  • Specify whether the transformation output columns use the quicker, but locale-insensitive, fast parsing routines that Microsoft SQL Server 2005 Integration Services (SSIS) provides or the standard locale-sensitive parsing routines.

Using this transformation, a package can perform the following types of data conversions:

  • Change the data type. For more information, see Integration Services Data Types.


    If you are converting data to a date or a datetime data type, the date in the output column is in the ISO format, although the locale preference may specify a different format.

  • Set the column length of string data and the precision and scale on numeric data. For more information, see Precision, Scale, and Length (Transact-SQL).

  • Specify a code page. For more information, see Comparing String Data.


    When copying between columns with a string data type, the two columns must use the same code page.

If the length of an output column of string data is shorter than the length of its corresponding input column, the output data is truncated. For more information, see Handling Errors in Data.

This transformation has one input, one output, and one error output.

Configuring the Data Conversion Transformation

You can set properties through the SSIS Designer or programmatically.

The Advanced Editor dialog box reflects the properties that can be set programmatically. For more information about the properties that you can set in the Data Conversion Transformation Editor dialog box, see Data Conversion Transformation Editor.

For more information about the properties that you can set in the Advanced Editor dialog box or programmatically, click one of the following topics:

For more information about how to set properties, click one of the following topics:

See Also


Fast Parse
Creating Package Data Flow
Integration Services Transformations

Help and Information

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