I want to use dataype which can hold more than 19 digits. So is there any datatype available which can hold larger than 19 digits?

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    Out of curiosity, what kind of problem needs to deal with values in quintillion range? Scientific computing comes into mind.
    – vonPryz
    Commented Oct 15, 2013 at 13:16
  • @vonPryz The calculation of modular multiplicative inverses for the generation of asymmetric keys is one thing that comes to my mind. It can be used to create a reversible 'randomization' of bigint numbers, for example. Commented Oct 4, 2019 at 13:40
  • @vonPryz Late to the game, but barcode numbers, voucher IDs and other long numbers? Or is it better practice to store that as nvarchars?
    – SvendK
    Commented Nov 19, 2020 at 10:14
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    @SvendK That really depends. Storing not-really-numbers such as GTIN codes as numbers can cause a lot of headaches. When the leading zeroes are mandatory, using a numeric type is not the smart solution.
    – vonPryz
    Commented Nov 19, 2020 at 10:41

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Numeric/Decimal, Float/Real. There's a great answer here, some official documentation here and here, and I also posted a few opinions ages ago, but here is a quick demonstration:

-- overflow error:

DECLARE @x BIGINT        = 9999999999999999999;


-- works:

DECLARE @x DECIMAL(38,0) = 99999999999999999999999999999999999999;

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