Data Types in Metadata

    Each metadata field can be of different data type.

    The following types of record fields are used in metadata. If you need to see data types used in CTL, see Data Types in CTL2.

    Table 32.1. Data Types in Metadata

    Data typeSize[1]ValuesDefault value
    booleanRepresents 1 bit. Its size is not precisely defined.true | false | 1 | 0false | 0
    byteDepends on the actual data length.from -128 to 127null
    cbyteDepends on the actual data length and success of compression.from -128 to 127null
    date64 bits[2]

    Zero date corresponds to 1st January 1970, 00:00:00 GMT. The precision of this data type is 1 ms.

    1970-01-01, 00:00:00 GMT

    Depends on Length and Scale. (Length is the maximum number of all digits. Scale is the maximum number of digits after the decimal dot. Default values are 12 and 2, respectively.)[3][4]

    Range of values depends on length and scale. For example, decimal(6,2) can have values from -9999.99 to 9999.99.

    integer32 bits[3]

    From Integer.MIN_VALUE to Integer.MAX_VALUE (according to the Java integer data type): From -231 to 231-1. Integer.MIN_VALUE is interpreted as null.

    long64 bits[3]

    From Long.MIN_VALUE to Long.MAX_VALUE (according to the Java long data type): From -263 to 263-1. Long.MIN_VALUE is interpreted as null.

    number64 bits[3]

    Negative values are from -(2-2-52).21023 to -2-1074, another value is 0, and positive values are from 2-1074 to (2-2-52).21023. Three special values: NaN, -Infinity, and Infinity are defined.


    Depends on the actual data length. Each character from the basic Unicode plane is stored in 16 bits. Characters from other planes require 32 bits per character.

    A string takes (number of characters) * 2 bytes of memory (or 4 bytes if you process characters from other Unicode planes). At the same time, no record can take more than MAX_RECORD_SIZE of bytes, see Chapter 18, Engine Configuration.


    [1]  Lets you estimate how much memory your records are going to need. To do that, take a look at how many fields your record has, which data types they are and then compare the result to the MAX_RECORD_SIZE property (the maximum size of a record in bytes, see Chapter 18, Engine Configuration). If your records are likely to have more bytes than that, simply raise the value (otherwise buffer overflow will occur).

    [2]  Any date can be parsed and formatted using date and time format pattern. See Date and Time Format. Parsing and formatting can also be influenced by locale. See Locale.

    [3]  Any numeric data type can be parsed and formatted using numeric format pattern. See Numeric Format. Parsing and formatting may also be influenced by locale. See Locale.

    [4]  The default length and scale of a decimal are 12 and 2, respectively. These default values of DECIMAL_LENGTH and DECIMAL_SCALE are contained in the file and can be changed to other values.

    [5]  By default, if the value of any string metadata field is an empty string, the value is converted to null instead of an empty string (""). If you want a specific value to be converted to null, use the field's Null value property.

    For other information about these data types and other data types used in CloverDX Transformation Language (CTL), see Data Types in CTL2.