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Working with BigInteger with C# .Net and Sql Server

Posted on: July 29, 2014

If you must pass to a Store Procedure or just for a simple query a variable of type BigInt beware you can be surprised with the result. BigInt in SqlServer has nothing to do with the BigInteger class of .Net. BigInt in Sql exists a long way before BigInteger from .Net (4.0). If you are using BigInteger you will get a System.InvalidCastException.

An exception of type 'System.InvalidCastException' occurred in System.Data.dll but was not handled in user code

Additional information: Failed to convert parameter value from a BigInteger to a Int64.

To pass a value to Sql Server of type BigInt, you must use a long in .Net.

For example, here is how to pass a long to SqlServer using SqlParameter.

1long myBigNumber = 1;
2 var myParameter = new SqlParameter("@myParameterName", myBigNumber) { SqlDbType = SqlDbType.BigInt };

You have to use a long for the value, but you specify the type to be of SqlDbType.BigInt. Has you can see, we do not need to specify the DbType but only the SqlDbType. We are using a long because a long and Int64 is the same type.