SnowConvert for SQL

In this page, there is an explanation for each of the additional parameters that are available in SnowConvert for SQL

Common CLI Arguments

The following arguments can be used in all the SQL tools:

-i, --input <PATH> (Required)

The path to the folder or file containing the input source code.

-o, --output <PATH> (Required)

The path to the output folder where the converted code and reports will be stored.

-a, --assessment

Flag to indicate whether or not to generate only Assessment files. By default, it's set to FALSE.

-t, --PLTargetLanguage <TARGET_LANGUAGE>

String value specifying the target language to convert Stored procedures and Macros. Currently supported are: SnowScript and JavaScript. The default value is set to SnowScript.

-e, --encoding <CODE PAGE>

The encoding code page number is used for parsing the source files. We only accept encodings supported by .NET Core. Here are the ones supported at the moment:

Code Page


Display Name






Unicode (Big endian)



Unicode (UTF-32)



Unicode (UTF-32 Big endian)






Western European (ISO)



Unicode (UTF-7). Not available in .NET 5



Unicode (UTF-8). Default encoding

-s, --customschema <SCHEMA_NAME>

The string value specifies the custom schema name to apply. If not specified, the original database name will be used. Example: DB1.MyCustomSchema.Table1.

-d, --database <DB_NAME>

The string value specifies the custom database name to apply. Example: MyCustomDB.PUBLIC.Table1.


The string value specifies the conversion rate mode. Currently supported are: LoC (Lines of Code) and Character. The default value is set to LoC.

-m, --comments

Flag to indicate if the user wants to comment on nodes that have missing dependencies.


This flag must be used in conjunction with the -d or -s parameters. When used, it preserves the existing name qualification from the input code when previous parameters are used. Let's take a look at this example where -s newSchema was included:

IN -> Teradata_01.sql
SELECT * FROM mySchema.myObject;

The same applies to databases.


Flag to indicate whether EWIs comments (Errors, Warnings, and Issues) will not be generated on the converted code. The default is false.


Show access code terms information.


Display the help information.

Teradata CLI arguments

The following CLI arguments are specific for executing migrations with SnowConvert for Teradata

--CharacterToApproximateNumber <NUMBER>

An integer value for the CHARACTER to Approximate Number transformation (Default: 10).

--DefaultDateFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default DATE format (Default: "YYYY/MM/DD").

--DefaultTimeFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default TIME format (Default: "HH:MI:SS").

--DefaultTimestampFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default TIMESTAMP format (Default: "YYYY/MM/DD HH:MI:SS").

--DefaultTimezoneFormat <STRING>

String value for the Default TIMEZONE format (Default: "GMT-5").

-p, --scriptTargetLanguage <TARGET_LANGUAGE>

The string value specifies the target language to convert Bteq and Mload script files. Currently supported values are SnowScript and Python. The default value is set to Python.


Flag to indicate whether Delete All statements must be replaced with Truncate or not. This will generate MSCEWI2037 when the replacement is done. Example:

IN -> Teradata_02.sql
create table testTable(
    column1 varchar(30)

delete testTable all;

delete from testTable;


Flag to indicate whether the SQL statements SELECT, INSERT, CREATE, DELETE, UPDATE, DROP, MERGE in Stored Procedures will be tagged on the converted code. This feature is used for easy statement identification on the migrated code. Wrapping these statements within these XML-like tags allows for other programs to quickly find and extract them. The decorated code looks like this:


This flag is used to indicate that the tool should migrate any use of the PERIOD datatype as two separate DATETIME fields that will hold the original period begin and end values, anytime a period field or function is migrated using this flag SSC-FDM-TD0004 will be added to warn about this change.

IN -> Teradata_03.sql
   col1 PERIOD(DATE),
   col2 VARCHAR(50),


Flag to indicate whether the input code should be processed before parsing and transformation.


The path to a .json file that specifies new names for certain objects such as Tables, Views, Procedures, Functions, and Macros. This parameter can't be used with the customSchema argument. Navigate to the Renaming Feature page to learn more about this argument.

Learn more about this step on our Processing the code page.


This flag is used to indicate that the tool should not reorder the views and tables in a topological order. In other words, using this parameter the output code will be in the same order as the input code.

IN -> Teradata_04.sql