Date and Time Conversions Using SQL Server

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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.


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".

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
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
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
130 select convert(nvarchar, getdate(), 130) date output
131 select convert(nvarchar, 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 nvarchar(40))

WHILE (@counter <= 150 )
      INSERT INTO #dateFormats
      SELECT CONVERT(nvarchar, @counter), CONVERT(nvarchar,@date, @counter) 
      SET @counter = @counter + 1
      SET @counter = @counter + 1
      IF @counter >= 150

SELECT * FROM #dateFormats

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Continue your learning on SQL Server dates with these tips:

Next Steps
  • The formats listed above are not inclusive of all formats provided. Experiment with the different format numbers to see what others are available.
  • These formats can be used for all date/time functions, as well as data being served to clients, so experiment with these data format conversions to see if they can provide data more efficiently.
  • Also, check out the SQL Server FORMAT Function to Format Dates.

Last Updated: 2019-05-16

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Friday, April 03, 2020 - 9:43:20 AM - Jeff Moden Back To Top

Be advised that the FORMAT function is horrible for performance.  It takes a very typical 43 times longer than even some of the more complex things you can do with CONVERT.  I STRONGLY RECOMMEND AVOIDING THE USE OF THE FORMAT FUNCTION FOR THAT REASON.  It's the "death of a thousand small cuts".

Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 3:42:44 PM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Hi George, you can do this with the format function as well.  Here is a tip about that:

Also, I have heard that the format function is a lot slower than the convert function.


Tuesday, March 17, 2020 - 3:13:22 PM - George Back To Top

Wouldn't most of this be moot with the FORMAT function?  That will automatically turn it into an NVARCHAR(4000) field, and you have a lot of flexibility to define it how you want.

    format(getdate(), 'yyyy-MM-dd hh:mm:ss') AS [today],
    format(getdate(), 'yyyy-MM-dd')          AS [today2]

Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - 3:40:50 AM - Damba Back To Top


Monday, December 16, 2019 - 9:54:34 AM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Thanks Gregg for the feedback.  We will see if we can update all of the examples.

The reader could also run the T-SQL script and enter other dates.  This will produce all valid results, so they can see how the date would be formatted.


Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 11:27:03 AM - Gregg Tracton Back To Top

revise your example date, please.  use a example date (ex, 1/2/1994) that has a month AND day less than 10 so readers can see if the leading zero is prefixed or not.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019 - 5:42:29 AM - MANISH Back To Top


Wednesday, July 17, 2019 - 9:45:22 AM - jack Back To Top

Thank for the providing that giant table formats!

Monday, June 03, 2019 - 11:55:28 AM - Anne Cao Back To Top

Thank you for the good tip.

I also see sometimes the column could store seconds only. The seconds is the seconds since 0 hours of the day.

Any conversion formula?


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 11:00:26 AM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Thanks Stewart for the input.

As you mentioned this tip uses VARCHAR and that could be changed to NVARCHAR which will return the same results for most of the items and take care of format 130.


Thursday, May 16, 2019 - 10:49:18 AM - Stewart Back To Top

Formats 130 and 131 are the Islamic calendar date.  But 130 contains Arabic characters, and therefore you would need to convert to nvarchar, not varchar.  Still, the order of the parts comes out in a bit of a muddle, unless I tell my software to render it right-to-left.

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 4:57:37 PM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Hi Ben,

you can do this: 

SELECT CONVERT(datetime,'1/1/2018 12:00:00 AM')



Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 3:19:51 PM - Ben LaRoche Back To Top

Does anyone know how to convert this format "1/1/2018 12:00:00 AM" (currently in text) to a date time type?



Friday, April 12, 2019 - 6:03:09 AM - Sindhuja K S Back To Top

Its very nice article .

Its saved my time.

Thank you.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:36:07 PM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Hi Zulfiqar, it looks like the output is 2019-03-20.

You could also just do this and get the same result.  The third parameter doesn't seem to make a difference.



Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 12:13:12 PM - Zulfiqar Dholkawala Back To Top

Hi What would this output?


Thank you.

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 10:25:54 AM - marcus Back To Top

i love you guys

Monday, March 11, 2019 - 2:04:56 PM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Hi David,

Take a look at this tip:


Monday, March 11, 2019 - 7:31:30 AM - David Back To Top


Thank you for this great post,but i can't find this date format 

Jeu. 07 Mar 2019

 any suggestion please ?

Thank you

Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 2:14:35 PM - Aubrey Back To Top


 A simpler way to format the date is:  



This will produce a date in this format: 2018-03-22

You can replace the “GETDATE()” with the name of date column you want to modify.


As for the Time, use:

SELECT FORMAT(GETDATE(), ‘hh:mm’) AS ‘ColumnName’

This will produce the time in this format: 01:07

Or, if you want the time returned in Military format, change the ‘hh’ to upper case ‘HH’


This will produce the time in this format: 13:09

Hope this helps someone.


Thursday, March 22, 2018 - 6:23:48 AM - Rihan Back To Top

This was helpful


Saturday, October 21, 2017 - 7:27:09 AM - Zumer Jan Back To Top



Excellent Post

Tuesday, May 09, 2017 - 11:26:34 AM - Julie Back To Top

 I would add that cast(date_expression as date) is sometimes a useful solution. It keeps the date characteristics for sorting, comparing, etc. but drops the time portion. This is great for items going to excel.


Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 2:11:44 PM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Hi Koduru,

Take a look at this tip:


Thursday, April 06, 2017 - 1:01:01 PM - koduru jaladakshi Back To Top


 hi how to get result in sql server like




please help me

thank u.


Thursday, December 10, 2015 - 2:16:54 AM - Adarsh v nair Back To Top

01/01/0100 10:00:00 how  to convert time 10:00:0

Saturday, October 03, 2015 - 5:22:09 AM - senya Back To Top

hello,i just want to create a date from the table in sql server 2008.But there one error was araised whatever change the datatype(varchar,int,char).such as that error is,

"Arithmetic overflow error converting expression to data type int.
The statement has been terminated".

how ll clear this error.

Monday, August 31, 2015 - 10:25:38 AM - Umit Back To Top

Hi there,

I am retrieving data with SQL from a Oracle database where I encounter different date formats in the same data group.

I run the SQL query in VBA and the query results are pasted in an excel tab. So in the same data column I have data with multiple date formats in excel.

Only one date format recognized as date, according to pc's regional settings. I need to convert all data into same format before I retrieve them to excel.

right now I use this: TO_CHAR(v.BASLANGICTARIHI, 'DD/MM/YYYY') but it does not help.

Can someone help me here?



Monday, January 05, 2015 - 3:20:07 PM - Sharim Back To Top

--Output as char with space like 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 4.
declare @dt varchar(120)
declare @hold1 varchar(2)
declare @hold2 varchar(15)
declare @i int

set @dt = CONVERT(varchar(26),getdate(),103)
set @dt = REPLACE(@dt,'/','')
set @i=1
set @hold2=''

WHILE (@i < len(@dt)+1)
  set @hold1 = substring(@dt,@i, 1)+' '
  set @hold2 += @hold1
  set @i += 1
select @hold2

Wednesday, November 05, 2014 - 1:40:28 AM - San Back To Top

Hi Greg Robidoux,

Thanks a lot.

Your suggestion were working well... Really you have given me a great thing.

Once again thanks....

Saturday, November 01, 2014 - 6:54:03 AM - Greg Robidoux Back To Top

Hi San,

use this select replace(convert(varchar, getdate(),103),'/','')  to get the output you need and then use one of these functions to add the space between each number

Saturday, November 01, 2014 - 6:42:45 AM - San Back To Top

Input date (31/10/2014)

Output as char with space like 3 1 1 0 2 0 1 4.


Can anyone help me?


This is for cheque date printing...



Monday, February 18, 2013 - 11:32:21 PM - giam Back To Top
thank you very much.

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 9:42:22 AM - Jeremy Kadlec Back To Top


Have you checked out Tim Ford's tip -

I believe he has a function to take care of the date logic, but I think you will have to modify it to include the time logic you need.


Thank you,
Jeremy Kadlec

Friday, November 30, 2012 - 2:40:01 AM - satheeshkumar Back To Top



Input - 20121130121020 = output 2012/11/30 12:10:20


Can any one help me out this


Monday, November 19, 2012 - 9:37:04 AM - Jeremy Kadlec Back To Top


Can you post the date format you are seeing in SSMS and the final format you would like?

Thank you,
Jeremy Kadlec

Monday, November 19, 2012 - 5:59:40 AM - Dev Back To Top

How to convert datetime format stored data to 24hr time format in SSMS 2008?
Any idea on this?


Wednesday, September 19, 2012 - 1:06:03 AM - e Back To Top

Monday, September 17, 2012 - 6:10:13 PM - Mike Back To Top

Don't forget 23:   2006-12-30

Friday, August 17, 2012 - 12:57:12 AM - tintu Back To Top

i want extracting date from sql server,using php how to get this?? i used


echo $d;

 this is not working

Tuesday, July 24, 2012 - 5:47:14 AM - Gayatri Tiwari Back To Top

its very very helpful...

still i need few more details... for few more formulaes....

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 9:23:58 AM - Jeremy Kadlec Back To Top


Would this work for you?

convert(varchar,getdate(),105) + ' ' + convert(varchar,getdate(),108)

Is there any reason you would not use this format:

9 or 109 select convert(varchar, getdate(), 9) Dec 30 2006 12:38:54:840AM


Have you also seen these tips:


Thank you,
Jeremy Kadlec

Wednesday, May 16, 2012 - 7:42:46 AM - Tessa Back To Top

I would like to see the complete date and time a DD-MM-YYYY HH:MM:SS

I use: convert(varchar,getdate(),105) + convert(varchar,getdate(),108)

I get: 16-05-201213:42:18


How would I get the extra space between the Date and Time to get 16-05-2012 13:42:18

Thursday, May 12, 2011 - 11:15:21 AM - Vijay Prakash Vyas Back To Top

It's very helpful info thanks for help!!!!!

Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 6:46:58 AM - tosscrosby Back To Top

Actually, I was simply complimenting the "tip" as it provided exactly what I needed for ANY date:

 select replace(convert(varchar, getdate(),101),'/','') + replace(convert(varchar, getdate(),108),':','')

This converts any MSSQL datetime to MMDDYYYYHHMMSS - exactly what the Oracle folks wanted!


Thanks anyway :-)

Thursday, January 08, 2009 - 6:27:17 AM - Senthilkumar.S Back To Top

Select the particular year,month, day,pls do following query


select * from barrowBooks where year(barrow_date)='2008' and month(barrow_date)='11' and day(barrow_date)='12'  order by barrow_date desc


convert the date and time  using this query


select convert(char(11),getdate(),108) -->Result of time  11:18:18

select convert(char(10),getdate(),101) -->Result of Date  11/06/2008

Wednesday, January 07, 2009 - 12:50:38 PM - tosscrosby Back To Top

I just had a request from our Oracle team to see if I could supply them with dates in a MMDDYYYYHHMMSS format. Came here and found what I need in all of about 30 seconds. Thanks.


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