# Help:Convert messages

This page describes the error and warning messages reported by Module:Convert if a problem is detected while using {{convert}} to convert a value from one unit of measurement to another.

- Help:Convert • Overview
- Help:Convert units • Simplified list of some commonly used units

### Asking questions

If a problem cannot readily be resolved, please report it at one of the following.

- Template talk:Convert • Questions on using the convert template, or discussion of any problems encountered
- Wikipedia:Help desk • General questions
- Module talk:Convert • Discussion concerning the convert modules

### Error and warning messages

#### Needs a number

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|123|m|ft}}`

→ 123 metres (404 ft)`{{convert||m|ft}}`

→^{[convert: needs a number]}

An input number is required. In the first example above, the input number is `123`

.

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#### Needs another number

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|10|x|20|m|ft}}`

→ 10 by 20 metres (33 ft × 66 ft)`{{convert|10|x| |m|ft}}`

→^{[convert: needs another number]}`{{convert|10|x|20|x| |m|ft}}`

→^{[convert: needs another number]}

The first input number was specified, but the range used requires another number.

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#### Invalid number

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|1|km|ft}}`

→ 1 kilometre (3,300 ft)`{{convert|km|ft}}`

→^{[convert: invalid number]}

A number to be converted can be entered as in these examples: `1.23`

or `1,234`

or `-0.9`

.

Fractions are entered as in these examples: `1+2/3`

(1+2⁄3) or `-1-2/3`

(−
1+2⁄3) or `2/3`

(
2⁄3).

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#### Number overflow

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|1e290|m|ft}}`

→ 1×10^{290}metres (3.3×10^{290}ft)`{{convert|1e310|m|ft}}`

→^{[convert: number overflow]}

This error occurs if a number exceeds the range of values available for calculations. The number 1e290 means 1×10^{290}.

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#### Invalid precision

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|21455|acre|ha|2}}`

→ 21,455 acres (8,682.53 ha)`{{convert|21455|acre|ha|-2}}`

→ 21,455 acres (8,700 ha)`{{convert|21455|acre|ha|2.5}}`

→ 21,455 acres (8,683 ha)^{[convert: invalid precision]}

A precision value is entered after the conversion information. For example, `|2`

gives a result that is rounded to two decimal places, while `|-2`

rounds to the nearest 100 so that two zeroes occur at the end of the number. This message will only appear if warnings have been enabled.

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#### Precision too large

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|123|m|ft|2}}`

→ 123 metres (403.54 ft)`{{convert|123|m|ft|200}}`

→^{[convert: precision too large]}

Generally there is no reason to use a precision of more than a few decimal places, however, larger values may be used. The error shown occurs if the requested precision is higher than the maximum supported by the server.

A negative precision rounds to the nearest 10 (parameter `|-1`

), or nearest 100 (`|-2`

), or nearest 1000 (`|-3`

), etc. A large negative precision produces a zero output.

`{{convert|123|m|ft|-2}}`

→ 123 metres (400 ft)`{{convert|123|m|ft|-200}}`

→ 123 metres (0 ft)

Using a very small input value can cause the default precision to exceed the limit (`1.234e-200`

is 1.234×10^{−200}). For such very small values, it is better to use the `|sigfig=`

option.

`{{convert|1.234|m|ft}}`

→ 1.234 metres (4.05 ft)`{{convert|1.234e-200|m|ft}}`

→^{[convert: precision too large]}`{{convert|1.234e-200|m|ft|sigfig=3}}`

→ 1.234×10^{−200}metres (4.05×10^{−200}ft)

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#### Invalid fraction

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|12.31|m|ftin|frac=8}}`

→ 12.31 metres (40 ft 4+5⁄8 in)`{{convert|12.31|m|ftin|frac=1}}`

→ 12.31 metres (40 ft 5 in)^{*}`{{convert/warning|12.31|m|ftin|frac=on}}`

→ 12.31 metres (40 ft 5 in)^{[convert: invalid fraction]}

A fraction denominator can be specified to display results with a fraction where appropriate. For example, `|frac=8`

specifies that the value should be rounded to the nearest eighth, and that a fraction should be included if necessary. A fraction denominator must be a whole number with value 2 or more. This message will only appear if warnings have been enabled.

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#### Invalid sigfig

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|1234|ft|m|sigfig=2}}`

→ 1,234 feet (380 m)`{{convert|1234|ft|m|sigfig=0}}`

→ 1,234 feet (376 m)^{[convert: invalid sigfig]}`{{convert|1234|ft|m|sigfig=2.5}}`

→ 1,234 feet (376 m)^{[convert: invalid sigfig]}

The number of significant figures in the result can be specified. For example, `|sigfig=2`

requests two significant figures. The number of significant figures must be a whole number with value 1 or more. This message will only appear if warnings have been enabled.

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#### Deprecated option

Mouseover the asterisk after the convert result to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|123|m|ft|sortable=on}}`

→ 123 metres (404 ft)`{{convert|123|m|ft|sortable=out}}`

→ 123 metres (404 ft)^{*}

The option `|sortable=on`

outputs a hidden sort key for use in a sortable table. The option `|sortable=out`

is now the same as `|sortable=on`

, and the latter should be used. See deprecated options for information regarding which options should be used to replace those that are being phased out.

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#### Empty option

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|123|m|ft|sp=us}}`

→ 123 meters (404 ft)`{{convert|123|m|ft|sp=}}`

→ 123 metres (404 ft)^{[convert: empty option]}

The option `|sp=us`

specifies that US spelling should be used ("meters" instead of "metres"). However, `|sp=`

has no effect as no value is specified. This message will only appear if all warnings have been enabled.

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#### Invalid option

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|123|m|ft|abbr=off}}`

→ 123 metres (404 feet)`{{convert|123|m|ft|abr=off}}`

→ 123 metres (404 ft)^{[convert: invalid option]}

The option `|abbr=off`

specifies that abbreviations are off, that is, unit names will be used instead of symbols. By contrast, `|abr=off`

is ignored because "abr" is not the name of an option.

`{{convert|8.5|m|in|abbr=off}}`

→ 8.5 metres (330 inches)`{{convert|8.5|m|in|abbr=off|28}}`

→ 8.5 metres (334.64566929133 inches)`{{convert|8.5|m|in|abbr=off|in}}`

→ 8.5 metres (330 inches)^{[convert: invalid option]}`{{convert|8.5|m|28|in|abbr=off}}`

→ 8.5 metres (27.887139107611 feet)^{[convert: invalid option]}

The option `|28`

, which should be placed *after* all the unit options, specifies that 8.5 metres is converted to inches with 28 significant figures. By contrast, `|28`

`|in`

and `|in`

`|abbr=off`

`|in`

are ignored because `|28`

is followed by a unit, and `|in`

is not the name of a formatting option.

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#### Needs unit name

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|12|ft}}`

→ 12 feet (3.7 m)`{{convert|12}}`

→ 12^{[convert: needs unit name]}`{{convert|12||ft}}`

→ 12^{[convert: needs unit name]}`{{convert|12|x|20|ft}}`

→ 12 by 20 feet (3.7 m × 6.1 m)`{{convert|12|x|20}}`

→ 12 by 20^{[convert: needs unit name]}

A unit code must be specified following the input number or numbers.

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#### Unknown unit

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|12|ft|mi}}`

→ 12 feet (0.0023 mi)`{{convert|12|Ft|mi}}`

→ 12 Ft^{[convert: unknown unit]}`{{convert|12|ft|m i}}`

→ 12 feet (^{[convert: unknown unit]})

Each unit code must exactly match a known unit, case sensitive. A simplified list of unit codes is at Help:Convert units, and all available unit codes are here.

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#### Unit mismatch

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|123|psi|Pa}}`

→ 123 pounds per square inch (850,000 Pa)`{{convert|123|psi|ha}}`

→ 123 pounds per square inch (^{[convert: unit mismatch]})

It is only possible to convert between units that have the same type. For example, `psi`

and `Pa`

are each of type "pressure" so a `psi`

value can be converted to `Pa`

. However, a `psi`

value cannot be converted to a unit of a different type, such as `ha`

(hectare) which has type "area".

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#### Ambiguous unit

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|21|mpgus|L/km}}`

→ 21 miles per US gallon (0.11 L/km)`{{convert|21|mpg|L/km}}`

→ 21 mpg^{[convert: ambiguous unit]}`{{convert|21|USpt|L}}`

→ 21 US pints (9.9 L)`{{convert|21|pt|L}}`

→ 21 pt^{[convert: ambiguous unit]}

Some unit codes are not supported; using them results in an message indicating that a different unit code should be chosen.

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#### Unit invalid here

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|123|K|C F}}`

→ 123 K (−150 °C; −238 °F)`{{convert|123|C F|K}}`

→ 123 C F^{[convert: unknown unit]}`{{convert|12345|ft|mi km}}`

→ 12,345 feet (2.3381 mi; 3.763 km)`{{convert|12345|ft|yd+mi+km}}`

→ 12,345 feet (4,115 yd; 2.3381 mi; 3.763 km)`{{convert|12345|ft|yd+mi km}}`

→ 12,345 feet (^{[convert: unknown unit]})

Some units can only be used as outputs. For example "`C F`

" displays a temperature in Celsius and Fahrenheit. Such a unit cannot be used with an input value, because, for example, there is no such temperature as "`123 C F`

". Some output combinations are predefined—"`C F`

" is one example, and "`mi km`

" (miles and kilometres) is another. It is also possible to construct an output combination by joining unit codes with "`+`

". However, individual units have to be specified, and an output combination cannot be used.

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#### Wikidata problem

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|input=P123}}`

→^{[convert: wikidata problem]}

An unexpected error occurred while attempting to use the Wikidata modules to read property or item information. This error should not occur; the above is a simulation of what would be displayed if, for example, the Wikidata modules were not available, or if they contained an error.

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#### Invalid input

Mouseover the message to see further information.^{[a]}

`{{convert|input=whatever}}`

→^{[convert: invalid input]}

Convert is configured to display any input text without error if a conversion fails, so this error should not occur. The above is a simulation of what would be displayed if convert were configured to show problems when a conversion was not possible.

The following examples use the `input`

parameter. The unit `mV`

is known to convert, but since no useful conversion is possible, there is no output. There is no `boxes`

unit, so the input is displayed as given. The final example follows the same rule because `P123.`

is not a valid property identifier.

`{{convert|input=12 mV}}`

→ 12 millivolts`{{convert|input=12 mV|abbr=on}}`

→ 12 mV`{{convert|input=12 boxes}}`

→ 12 boxes`{{convert|input=P123.}}`

→ P123.

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