Parsing and Formatting Decimal Function Calls

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For details on all the pattern possibilities, see Class DecimalFormat.


Parses a string value to a decimal value. Takes optional parameters for the format and default values.

Input Parameters

  • Value to parse
    • Type: string
  • Default value (optional)
    • Type: decimal or empty


A decimal value that matches the inputted string value. If the value cannot be parsed (meaning, it does not match the format parameter or contains illegal characters), the default value will be returned. If no default value was provided, an error occurs.

  • parseDecimal('3.45') returns 3.45
  • parseDecimal('noDecimal', 5.05) returns 5.05
  • parseDecimal('noDecimal', empty) returns empty


Converts a decimal value to a string value according to a specified format.

Input Parameters

  • Value to convert
    • Type: decimal
  • Format for the result based on the Java library DecimalFormat (for details, see Class DecimalFormat)
    • Type: string
  • Locale in which the results should be formated (optional)
    • For the supported values, see forLanguageTag
    • When omitted, the user configured locale is used
    • Supported from Mendix 7.3
    • Type: string


A string representation of the decimal in the format specified by the format parameter.

  • Type: string
formatDecimal(1234.56, '#,###.#')

returns (depending on the language settings):

'1,234.5' or '1.234,5'
formatDecimal(1234.56, '¤ #,##0.00')

returns (depending on language settings):

'€ 1.234,50' or '$ 1,234.50'
formatDecimal(0.56, '% ##0')


'% 56'