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The Format Transform applies a format string to the value returned from the binding, allowing you to format the way the output is displayed.  Typically this applies to a date or number format.

Select Format Type:

  • Datetime: A date will be formatted to appear a certain way.
  • Numeric: A number will be formatted to appear a certain way.

Format (Numeric only)

  • Pattern: Applies a number pattern (using 0 and #) and converts the results to string (good for putting in leading 0's on a display).
  • Integer: Rounds input (float) to integer.
  • Number: Formats number based on Language setting (puts in comma or other number separator).
  • Percent: Converts the input number into percent (0.123 would format to 12.3%). 
  • Currency: Uses the currency specified by the Language setting.

Format (Datetime only)

  • Pattern: Custom date format string (for example - M/D/YYYY h:m:s a).
  • Date: Date only will be shown.
  • Time: Time only will be shown.
  • Datetime:  Date and Time will be shown.

Date (Datetime only)

  • Full: Example format - Monday, March 18, 2019.
  • Long: Example format - March 18, 2019.
  • Medium: Example format - Mar 18, 2019.
  • Short: Example format - 3/18/19.

Time (Datetime only)

  • Full: Example Format - 2:02:46 PM Pacific Standard Time.
  • Long: Example format - 2:02:46 PM PST.
  • Medium: Example format - 2:02:46 PM.
  • Short: Example format - 2:02 PM.


  • auto:  Default time zone of Client.
  • ...(Language Selection):

Time Zone (Datetime only)

  • auto: Default time zone of Client.
  • ...(Language Selection):

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Format Transform


Numeric Pattern

In the image below, an expression on a Tag binding is retrieving the value from a Tag. As shown in the preview, the value on the Tag shows 45.970097.

The Format transform is taking that Tag value, then applying a numeric pattern of #.00, which denotes that two digits must always be shown after the decimal point. As a result, the preview shows a Format value of 45.97, since any digits beyond the first two decimal places are ignored by the transform. 

Datetime Short, Short, Time Zone Adjusted

The image below is taking a Unix timestamp value (including milliseconds), and turning it into a human readable date, set to Japan's timezone.

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