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TitleChanging the type of a custom field
URL Namechanging-the-type-of-a-custom-field
Article Number000120053
EnvironmentProduct: Sitefinity
Version: 5.x, 6.x, 7.x, 8.x, 9.x, 10.x, 11.x, 12.x
OS: All supported OS versions
Database: All supported Microsoft SQL Server versions
Question/Problem Description
How to change the type of a custom field?
How to change the type of a field from number to short text?
Is it possible to change the type of a custom filed?
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Changing the type of a field is not possible. This is because information about the fields and the data itself is stored in the database. This includes the actual column type. Attempting to change these will disrupt the integrity of the database irreversibly.

In order to change the type of a field:
1. Create a new field with the desired type. This could be a temporary field
2. Use the API to copy the data from the initial field to the new one
3. Delete the initial field
4. Save the changes
5. Create a new field with the same name as the initial one but with the desired name
6. Copy the data from the temporary field to the newly created one
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Last Modified Date11/20/2019 7:46 AM
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