Syntax

FLOAT[(M,D)] [UNSIGNED] [ZEROFILL]

Description

A small (single-precision) floating-point number (see DOUBLE for a regular-size floating point number). Allowable values are:

  • -3.402823466E+38 to -1.175494351E-38
  • 0
  • 1.175494351E-38 to 3.402823466E+38.

These are the theoretical limits, based on the IEEE standard. The actual range might be slightly smaller depending on your hardware or operating system.

M is the total number of digits and D is the number of digits following the decimal point. If M and D are omitted, values are stored to the limits allowed by the hardware. A single-precision floating-point number is accurate to approximately 7 decimal places.

UNSIGNED, if specified, disallows negative values.

Using FLOAT might give you some unexpected problems because all calculations in MariaDB are done with double precision. See Floating Point Accuracy.

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