SQL Server Date and Time Conversions

Problem

There are many instances when dates and times don’t show up at your doorstep in the format you’d like it to be, nor does the output of a query fit the needs of the people viewing it. One option is to format the data in the application itself. Another option is to use the built-in functions SQL Server provides to format the date string for you.

Solution

SQL Server provides a number of options you can use to format a date/time string. One of the first considerations is the actual date/time needed. The most common is the current date/time using getdate(). This provides the current date and time according to the server providing the date and time. If a universal date/time is needed, then getutcdate() should be used. To change the format of the date, you convert the requested date to a string and specify the format number corresponding to the format needed.

How to get different SQL Server date formats

  1. Use the date format option along with CONVERT function
  2. To get YYYY-MM-DD use SELECT CONVERT(varchar, getdate(), 23)
  3. To get MM/DD/YYYY use SELECT CONVERT(varchar, getdate(), 1)
  4. Check out the chart to get a list of all format options

Below is a list of formats and an example of the output.  The date used for all of these examples is “2006-12-30 00:38:54.840”.

DATE ONLY FORMATS
Format # Query Sample
1 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 1) 12/30/06
2 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 2) 06.12.30
3 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 3) 30/12/06
4 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 4) 30.12.06
5 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 5) 30-12-06
6 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 6) 30 Dec 06
7 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 7) Dec 30, 06
10 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 10) 12-30-06
11 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 11) 06/12/30
12 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 12) 061230
23 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 23) 2006-12-30
101 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 101) 12/30/2006
102 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 102) 2006.12.30
103 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 103) 30/12/2006
104 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 104) 30.12.2006
105 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 105) 30-12-2006
106 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 106) 30 Dec 2006
107 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 107) Dec 30, 2006
110 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 110) 12-30-2006
111 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 111) 2006/12/30
112 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 112) 20061230
TIME ONLY FORMATS
8 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 8) 00:38:54
14 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 14) 00:38:54:840
24 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 24) 00:38:54
108 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 108) 00:38:54
114 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 114) 00:38:54:840
DATE & TIME FORMATS
0 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 0) Dec 12 2006 12:38AM
9 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 9) Dec 30 2006 12:38:54:840AM
13 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 13) 30 Dec 2006 00:38:54:840AM
20 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 20) 2006-12-30 00:38:54
21 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 21) 2006-12-30 00:38:54.840
22 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 22) 12/30/06 12:38:54 AM
25 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 25) 2006-12-30 00:38:54.840
100 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 100) Dec 30 2006 12:38AM
109 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 109) Dec 30 2006 12:38:54:840AM
113 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 113) 30 Dec 2006 00:38:54:840
120 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 120) 2006-12-30 00:38:54
121 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 121) 2006-12-30 00:38:54.840
126 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 126) 2006-12-30T00:38:54.840
127 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 127) 2006-12-30T00:38:54.840
FORMATS WITH ISSUES
130 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 130) 10 ?? ????? 1427 12:38:54:840A
131 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 131) 10/12/1427 12:38:54:840AM

You can also format the date or time without dividing characters, as well as concatenate the date and time string:

Sample statement Output
select replace(convert(varchar, getdate(),101),’/’,”) 12302006
select replace(convert(varchar, getdate(),101),’/’,”) + replace(convert(varchar, getdate(),108),’:’,”) 12302006004426

If you want to get a list of all valid date and time formats, you could use the code below and change the @date to GETDATE() or any other date you want to use.  This will output just the valid formats.

DECLARE @counter INT = 0
DECLARE @date DATETIME = '2006-12-30 00:38:54.840'

CREATE TABLE #dateFormats (dateFormatOption int, dateOutput varchar(40))

WHILE (@counter <= 150 ) BEGIN BEGIN TRY INSERT INTO #dateFormats SELECT CONVERT(varchar, @counter), CONVERT(varchar,@date, @counter) SET @counter = @counter + 1 END TRY BEGIN CATCH; SET @counter = @counter + 1 IF @counter >= 150
      BEGIN
         BREAK
      END
   END CATCH
END

SELECT * FROM #dateFormats

From: MSSQLTips

 

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