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Semi-structured Data Functions (Cast)

AS_BINARY

Casts a VARIANT value to a binary string.

See also:

AS_<object_type>

Syntax

AS_BINARY( <variant_expr> )

Arguments

variant_expr

An expression that evaluates to a value of type VARIANT.

Examples

This shows how to use the function:

Create a table and data:

CREATE TABLE multiple_types (
    binary1 VARIANT,
    date1 VARIANT,
    decimal1 VARIANT,
    time1 VARIANT,
    timestamp1 VARIANT
    );
INSERT INTO multiple_types 
     (binary1, date1, decimal1, time1, timestamp1)
   SELECT 
     TO_VARIANT(TO_BINARY('F0A5')),
     TO_VARIANT(TO_DATE('2018-10-10')), 
     TO_VARIANT(TO_DECIMAL(1.23, 6, 3)),
     TO_VARIANT(TO_TIME('12:34:56')),
     TO_VARIANT(TO_TIMESTAMP_NTZ('2018-10-10 12:34:56'))
     ;

Now run the query:

SELECT AS_BINARY(binary1) AS "Binary" FROM multiple_types;

Output:

+--------+
| Binary |
|--------|
| F0A5   |
+--------+