Table 4-17 shows the available functions for date/time value processing. Table 4-16 illustrates the behaviors of the basic arithmetic operators (+, *, etc.). For formatting functions, refer to Section 4.7. You should be familiar with the background information on date/time data types (see Section 3.5).
The date/time operators described below behave similarly for types involving time zones as well as those without.
Table 4-16. Date/Time Operators
|+||timestamp '2001-09-28 01:00' + interval '23 hours'||timestamp '2001-09-29 00:00'|
|+||date '2001-09-28' + interval '1 hour'||timestamp '2001-09-28 01:00'|
|+||time '01:00' + interval '3 hours'||time '04:00'|
|-||timestamp '2001-09-28 23:00' - interval '23 hours'||timestamp '2001-09-28'|
|-||date '2001-09-28' - interval '1 hour'||timestamp '2001-09-27 23:00'|
|-||time '05:00' - interval '2 hours'||time '03:00'|
|-||interval '2 hours' - time '05:00'||time '03:00:00'|
|*||interval '1 hour' * int '3'||interval '03:00'|
|/||interval '1 hour' / int '3'||interval '00:20'|
The date/time functions are summarized below, with additional details in subsequent sections.
Table 4-17. Date/Time Functions
||interval||Subtract from today||age(timestamp '1957-06-13')||43 years 8 mons 3 days|
||interval||Subtract arguments||age('2001-04-10', timestamp '1957-06-13')||43 years 9 mons 27 days|
||date||Today's date; see below|
||time||Time of day; see below|
||timestamp||Date and time; see below|
||double precision||Get subfield (equivalent to
||date_part('hour', timestamp '2001-02-16 20:38:40')||20|
||double precision||Get subfield (equivalent to
||date_part('month', interval '2 years 3 months')||3|
||timestamp||Truncate to specified precision; see also below||date_trunc('hour', timestamp '2001-02-16 20:38:40')||2001-02-16 20:00:00+00|
||double precision||Get subfield; see also below||extract(hour from timestamp '2001-02-16 20:38:40')||20|
||double precision||Get subfield; see also below||extract(month from interval '2 years 3 months')||3|
||boolean||Test for finite time stamp (neither invalid nor infinity)||isfinite(timestamp '2001-02-16 21:28:30')||true|
||boolean||Test for finite interval||isfinite(interval '4 hours')||true|
||timestamp||Current date and time (equivalent to
||text||Current date and time; see below||timeofday()||Wed Feb 21 17:01:13.000126 2001 EST|
||timestamp||date to timestamp||timestamp(date '2000-12-25')||2000-12-25 00:00:00|
||timestamp||date and time to timestamp||timestamp(date '1998-02-24',time '23:07')||1998-02-24 23:07:00|
EXTRACT (field FROM source)
extract function retrieves
sub-fields from date/time values, such as year or hour.
source is a value expression
that evaluates to type timestamp or
interval. (Expressions of type date or time will be cast to
timestamp and can therefore be used as
well.) field is an identifier
or string that selects what field to extract from the source
returns values of type double precision.
The following are valid values:
The year field divided by 100
Note that the result for the century field is simply the year field divided by 100, and not the conventional definition which puts most years in the 1900's in the twentieth century.
The day (of the month) field (1 - 31)
The year field divided by 10
The day of the week (0 - 6; Sunday is 0) (for timestamp values only)
The day of the year (1 - 365/366) (for timestamp values only)
For date and timestamp values, the number of seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00-00 (Result may be negative.); for interval values, the total number of seconds in the interval
The hour field (0 - 23)
The seconds field, including fractional parts, multiplied by 1 000 000. Note that this includes full seconds.
The year field divided by 1000
Note that the result for the millennium field is simply the year field divided by 1000, and not the conventional definition which puts years in the 1900's in the second millennium.
The seconds field, including fractional parts, multiplied by 1000. Note that this includes full seconds.
The minutes field (0 - 59)
For timestamp values, the number of the month within the year (1 - 12) ; for interval values the number of months, modulo 12 (0 - 11)
The quarter of the year (1 - 4) that the day is in (for timestamp values only)
The seconds field, including fractional parts (0 - 59)
The hour component of the time zone offset.
The minute component of the time zone offset.
From a timestamp value, calculate the number of the week of the year that the day is in. By definition (ISO 8601), the first week of a year contains January 4 of that year. (The ISO week starts on Monday.) In other words, the first Thursday of a year is in week 1 of that year.
The year field
extract function is
primarily intended for computational processing. For formatting
date/time values for display, see Section 4.7.
date_part function is
modeled on the traditional Ingres equivalent to the SQL-function
Note that here the field
value needs to be a string. The valid field values for
date_part are the same as for
conceptually similar to the
function for numbers.
source is a value expression of type timestamp (values of type date and time are cast automatically). field selects to which precision to truncate the time stamp value. The return value is of type timestamp with all fields that are less than the selected one set to zero (or one, for day and month).
Valid values for field are:
The following functions are available to obtain the current date and/or time:
CURRENT_DATE CURRENT_TIME CURRENT_TIMESTAMP CURRENT_TIME ( precision ) CURRENT_TIMESTAMP ( precision )
CURRENT_TIMESTAMP can optionally be given a
precision parameter, which causes the result to be rounded to
that many fractional digits. Without a precision parameter, the
result is given to full available precision.
Note: Prior to PostgreSQL 7.2, the precision parameters were unimplemented, and the result was always given in integer seconds.
Note: The SQL99 standard requires these functions to be written without any parentheses, unless a precision parameter is given. As of PostgreSQL 7.2, an empty pair of parentheses can be written, but this is deprecated and may be removed in a future release.
SELECT CURRENT_TIME; 14:39:53.662522-05 SELECT CURRENT_DATE; 2001-12-23 SELECT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP; 2001-12-23 14:39:53.662522-05 SELECT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP(2); 2001-12-23 14:39:53.66-05
now() is the
There is also
which for historical reasons returns a text string rather than
a timestamp value:
It is quite important to realize that
CURRENT_TIMESTAMP and related functions all
return the time as of the start of the current transaction;
their values do not increment while a transaction is running.
timeofday() returns the
actual current time.
All the date/time data types also accept the special literal value now to specify the current date and time. Thus, the following three all return the same result:
SELECT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP; SELECT now(); SELECT TIMESTAMP 'now';
Note: You do not want to use the third form when specifying a DEFAULT value while creating a table. The system will convert now to a timestamp as soon as the constant is parsed, so that when the default value is needed, the time of the table creation would be used! The first two forms will not be evaluated until the default value is used, because they are function calls. Thus they will give the desired behavior of defaulting to the time of row insertion.
60 if leap seconds are implemented by the operating system
A note about the use of "now" within stored procedures...it is evaluated at compile time only and then maintains that value for the life of the function. To get around this problem, use CURRENT_TIMESTAMP instead.
Note a change between 7.1 and 7.2
Intervals have somewhat different syntax.
The following works with 7.1, but not 7.2:
select created_on + interval( period_value||'year' ) as expiry from table_with_duration;
The equivalent that /does/ work with 7.2 is the following:
select created_on + (period_value || 'year')::interval as expiry from table_with_duration ;