Does Microsoft SQL Server support unsigned integer data types?

I am trying to learn a bit more about the data type choices and helping a friend in his database project, I know that MySQL does.


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No. The numeric data types are all signed.

For example an int is from approx. -2^31 to +2^31.

If you have a value just shy of 2^32 you will have to use a larger data type such as bigint. There are finer points here, but out of scope of this discussion.

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Why aren't unsigned integer types available in the top database platforms?


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    TINYINT isn't signed Feb 15, 2019 at 17:31
  • Neither is bit :D
    – Dai
    Feb 19, 2021 at 23:14

You can easily emulate unsigned 32-bit int with your regular, signed bigint. Do whatever arithmetics needs to be done, AND with 0xFFFFFFFF for every operation that may potentially overflow the lower 32 bits.

  • Doing AND 0xFFFFFFFF would just sweep-under-the-rug any overflow issues - I feel a CHECK CONSTRAINT to set a bounds on the range would be better as that would throw an error on overflow rather than hiding it. Another problem with using a wider type (e.g. bigint instead of a hypothetical utin32) is that you end-up wasting 4 bytes per column per record, which could add-up. In a recent application I built I ended-up storing uint64 values as signed bigint values and transforming values (and query parameters) at the last minute - which added more complexity.
    – Dai
    Feb 19, 2021 at 23:18
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    It's up to the OP how to handle that. Some algorithms depend on silent overflow. Feb 19, 2021 at 23:21

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