# Find out the ASCII-Code of a Character in Teradata SQL

If you ever had the need to find out the ASCII-Code of a character, you will know that no function in **Teradata SQL** exists to solve this problem.

Here is a query workaround which solves this issue. What below SQL statement does is the following:

The CHAR2HEXINT Teradata SQL function returns a hexadecimal value; we need to convert it into the decimal number system. Conversion is done by taking the first part of the returned hexadecimal value multiplied by 16 and adding the second part of the hexadecimal value.

SELECT

CASE SUBSTRING(CHAR2HEXINT(‘B') FROM 3 FOR 1)

WHEN ‘0' THEN 0

WHEN ‘1' THEN 1

WHEN ‘2' THEN 2

WHEN ‘3' THEN 3

WHEN ‘4' THEN 4

WHEN ‘5' THEN 5

WHEN ‘6' THEN 6

WHEN ‘7' THEN 7

WHEN ‘8' THEN 8

WHEN ‘9' THEN 9

WHEN ‘A' THEN 10

WHEN ‘B' THEN 11

WHEN ‘C' THEN 12

WHEN ‘D' THEN 13

WHEN ‘E' THEN 14

WHEN ‘F' THEN 15

END * 16 +

CASE SUBSTRING(CHAR2HEXINT(‘B') FROM 4 FOR 1)

WHEN ‘0' THEN 0

WHEN ‘1' THEN 1

WHEN ‘2' THEN 2

WHEN ‘3' THEN 3

WHEN ‘4' THEN 4

WHEN ‘5' THEN 5

WHEN ‘6' THEN 6

WHEN ‘7' THEN 7

WHEN ‘8' THEN 8

WHEN ‘9' THEN 9

WHEN ‘A' THEN 10

WHEN ‘B' THEN 11

WHEN ‘C' THEN 12

WHEN ‘D' THEN 13

WHEN ‘E' THEN 14

WHEN ‘F' THEN 15

END

Hi, if you are on Teradata >= 14.00 you can try:

SELECT ASCII(‘A’);

->> Returns the decimal representation of the first character in string_expr as a NUMBER value.