Valid data types

This topic describes the data types that can be used in NVivo to store values in:

Data type Used to store Examples

Any textual content—letters, numbers, or characters.


In codable dataset columns, you can use this data type to store responses to open-ended survey questions.

In classifying dataset columns, use this data type to store range names (Age 20-29 years), city names (Memphis) or country names (Brazil).

Integer A number with no decimal places


Decimal A number with decimal places 874.95
Date A calendar date (month, day of month and year) 10/28/2010
Time A time (hours, minutes and seconds) 06:10:00
Date/Time A calendar date and time within a single value 10/28/2010 06:10:00
Boolean Value pairs True or False, Yes or No, 0 or 1
Source Shortcut Used only in datasets to store a link to another source in the project. n/a—this data type is automatically selected when you import binary objects from a database table or view.

NOTE  You can choose how Boolean values are displayed in NVivo—refer to Set application options (Labels tab options) for more information.