MySQL 5.7 Reference Manual Including MySQL NDB Cluster 7.5 and NDB Cluster 7.6

This section discusses the characteristics of the
`DECIMAL`

data type (and its
synonyms), with particular regard to the following topics:

Maximum number of digits

Storage format

Storage requirements

The nonstandard MySQL extension to the upper range of

`DECIMAL`

columns

The declaration syntax for a
`DECIMAL`

column is
`DECIMAL(`

.
The ranges of values for the arguments are as follows:
* M*,

`D`

is the maximum number of digits (the precision). It has a range of 1 to 65.`M`

is the number of digits to the right of the decimal point (the scale). It has a range of 0 to 30 and must be no larger than`D`

.`M`

If * D* is omitted, the default is 0. If

`M`

The maximum value of 65 for * M* means
that calculations on

`DECIMAL`

values
are accurate up to 65 digits. This limit of 65 digits of precision
also applies to exact-value numeric literals, so the maximum range
of such literals differs from before.
Values for `DECIMAL`

columns are
stored using a binary format that packs nine decimal digits into 4
bytes. The storage requirements for the integer and fractional
parts of each value are determined separately. Each multiple of
nine digits requires 4 bytes, and any remaining digits left over
require some fraction of 4 bytes. The storage required for
remaining digits is given by the following table.

Leftover Digits | Number of Bytes |
---|---|

0 | 0 |

1–2 | 1 |

3–4 | 2 |

5–6 | 3 |

7–9 | 4 |

For example, a `DECIMAL(18,9)`

column has nine
digits on either side of the decimal point, so the integer part
and the fractional part each require 4 bytes. A
`DECIMAL(20,6)`

column has fourteen integer
digits and six fractional digits. The integer digits require four
bytes for nine of the digits and 3 bytes for the remaining five
digits. The six fractional digits require 3 bytes.

`DECIMAL`

columns do not store a
leading `+`

character or `-`

character or leading `0`

digits. If you insert
`+0003.1`

into a `DECIMAL(5,1)`

column, it is stored as `3.1`

. For negative
numbers, a literal `-`

character is not stored.

`DECIMAL`

columns do not permit
values larger than the range implied by the column definition. For
example, a `DECIMAL(3,0)`

column supports a range
of `-999`

to `999`

. A
`DECIMAL(`

column permits up to * M*,

`D`

`M`

`D`

The SQL standard requires that the precision of
`NUMERIC(`

be * M*,

`D`

`M`

`DECIMAL(``M`

,`D`

)

,
the standard requires a precision of at least
`M`

`DECIMAL(``M`

,`D`

)

and
`NUMERIC(``M`

,`D`

)

are the same, and both have a precision of exactly
`M`

For a full explanation of the internal format of
`DECIMAL`

values, see the file
`strings/decimal.c`

in a MySQL source
distribution. The format is explained (with an example) in the
`decimal2bin()`

function.