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Error (Msg 245) : Syntax error converting the Varchar value to a column of data type Int. 

Pooja Goel  |   Dec 13, 2019  |  Views: 210


Lets suppose You have executed the given query in SQL SERVER 2014.


Create TABLE Testable(Id INT PRIMARY KEY, Name Varchar(10), Status INT)
INSERT INTO Testable VALUES (2,'Anny',1)
SELECT ID,(CASE WHEN Status = 1 THEN 'Inactive' ELSE Status END) as 'Status' FROM Testable

Error Message :

But getting the below error. 

Msg 245, Level 16, State 1, Line 4
Conversion failed when converting the varchar value 'Inactive' to data type int.


This is very common error. You are trying to convert a varchar value to an int data type but the varchar value cannot be converted to Int data type.

In above SELECT Statement, “Status” column is integer but You are using value “Inactive” which is string.

Solution of the Error:

Use Cast function to convert Integer value as Varchar.


SELECT ID,(CASE WHEN Status = 1 THEN 'Inactive' ELSE cast(Status as varchar(20)) END) as Status FROM Testable

Output :


ID	Status
1 0
2 Inactive

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Pooja Goel

Pooja Goel

Sr. Software developer at Damco Solutions Pvt. Ltd.  |   Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India

I am a sr. software developer working on technologies like SQL, SSIS, SSRS, DB2,Tableau, ASP.NET having 7 years of experience.

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