Convert to string

    The Convert to string step converts values from any Wrangler-supported to string. Display format of the input column is preserved during the conversion.

    • Input column: required, a column to convert to string.

    • Target column: required, configure the column which will receive the output. Output will always be a string column.

      • Write result to the current column: overwrite the input column with the result.

      • Create new column with name: create a new column with specified name. Name of the new column can contain spaces or special characters - technical column name will be created automatically. The new column will be placed right after the input column.


    A screenshot below shows an example in which date is converted to string. Notice how errors "disappear" in the String column since string can store even invalid and malformed dates.

    convert to string example
    • Converting No value will result in a No value again.

    • Converting errors may in many cases "fix" the date errors since string can store values that cannot be parsed as numbers, dates etc. Runtime errors will be propagated (i.e., a cell with Error will result in Error if the error is a runtime error and not a data formatting error). See examples above for more details.