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This action converts values of one type (e.g. text) to another type (e.g. number). There are 4 modes:

Text to date

In this mode, text values that look like a date are converted into number dates. A date format must be specified. All text values that match the specified format are converted to number dates. The format notation is the same as for the format() function.

Text to number

In this mode, text values that look like a number are converted into numbers.

Everything to text

In this mode, text values remain unchanged and non-text values are converted into text. Numbers are formatted as per the specified format.

Empty to text or a number

In this mode, empty values are replaced with the static text or number value specified.

Use cases

  • Convert text-based dates to numeric date values for use in date-based calculations downstream.
  • Convert numbers originally captured as text to true numeric values.
  • Recode "blank" values as specific text or number values.

Action settings

Columns to convertSelect the column(s) from the dataset to apply the value conversion to.
ConversionSelect the conversion mode to use. Options: Text to Date, Text to Number, Everything to Text, and Empty to text or number.
If conversion failsSelect how EasyMorph will respond when the selected conversion type cannot be applied to values.
Options: Keep original value (the original, unmodified value is kept), Generate error (an error message is inserted
into the cells where conversion failed), or Halt execution (the action will display an error flag).

Text to Date settings

Format*Enter the date format the current text dates are using (e.g. yyyy-MM-dd). Use the Detect button to populate this field with any date formats found within the column.

* Setting can be specified using a parameter.

Text to Number settings

Decimal separatorSelect what character is used to define decimal places in the source text values. Options: Point or Comma.

Everything to Text settings

Number formatSelect the output format for the converted text values (e.g., selecting "100%" will multiply numbers by 100 and append "%").

Empty to text or number settings

Value*Enter a static text or numeric value to convert empty cells to.

* Setting can be specified using a parameter.


Text to date example:

Format: M/d/yyyy
Before (text) After Comment
12/31/2017 43100 Corresponds to December 31st, 2017.
12-31-2017 12-31-2017 No conversion happened as the text value didn't match the specified format.

Text to number example:

Decimal separator: Point
Before (text) After Comment
1000 1000
1,000 1,000 No conversion happened as the text value has different decimal separator.
10.00 10
$1000 $1000 No conversion happened as the text value is not recognized as a number.

Everything to text example:

Format Before After
100% 101000%
1'000.00 5500 5,500.00
yyyy/MM/dd 22335 1961/02/23

Community examples


Fast ways to create the action:

  • Right-click on a column heading, and select "Convert data type", then select the conversion mode from the submenu.
  • Click the drop-down arrow in a column heading and select "Convert data type", then select the conversion mode.

See also

transformations/convert.txt · Last modified: 2021/07/18 01:04 by craigt