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# 9.9. Date/Time Functions and Operators

Table 9-26 shows the available functions for date/time value processing, with details appearing in the following subsections. Table 9-25 illustrates the behaviors of the basic arithmetic operators (+, *, etc.). For formatting functions, refer to Section 9.8. You should be familiar with the background information on date/time data types from Section 8.5.

All the functions and operators described below that take time or timestamp inputs actually come in two variants: one that takes time with time zone or timestamp with time zone, and one that takes time without time zone or timestamp without time zone. For brevity, these variants are not shown separately. Also, the + and * operators come in commutative pairs (for example both date + integer and integer + date); we show only one of each such pair.

Table 9-25. Date/Time Operators

Operator Example Result
+ date '2001-09-28' + integer '7' date '2001-10-05'
+ date '2001-09-28' + interval '1 hour' timestamp '2001-09-28 01:00'
+ date '2001-09-28' + time '03:00' timestamp '2001-09-28 03:00'
+ interval '1 day' + interval '1 hour' interval '1 day 01:00'
+ timestamp '2001-09-28 01:00' + interval '23 hours' timestamp '2001-09-29 00:00'
+ time '01:00' + interval '3 hours' time '04:00'
- - interval '23 hours' interval '-23:00'
- date '2001-10-01' - date '2001-09-28' integer '3'
- date '2001-10-01' - integer '7' date '2001-09-24'
- date '2001-09-28' - interval '1 hour' timestamp '2001-09-27 23:00'
- time '05:00' - time '03:00' interval '02:00'
- time '05:00' - interval '2 hours' time '03:00'
- timestamp '2001-09-28 23:00' - interval '23 hours' timestamp '2001-09-28 00:00'
- interval '1 day' - interval '1 hour' interval '23:00'
- timestamp '2001-09-29 03:00' - timestamp '2001-09-27 12:00' interval '1 day 15:00'
* interval '1 hour' * double precision '3.5' interval '03:30'
/ interval '1 hour' / double precision '1.5' interval '00:40'

Table 9-26. Date/Time Functions

Function Return Type Description Example Result
`age`(timestamp, timestamp) interval Subtract arguments, producing a "symbolic" result that uses years and months age(timestamp '2001-04-10', timestamp '1957-06-13') 43 years 9 mons 27 days
`age`(timestamp) interval Subtract from `current_date` age(timestamp '1957-06-13') 43 years 8 mons 3 days
`current_date` date Today's date; see Section 9.9.4
`current_time` time with time zone Time of day; see Section 9.9.4
`current_timestamp` timestamp with time zone Date and time; see Section 9.9.4
`date_part`(text, timestamp) double precision Get subfield (equivalent to `extract`); see Section 9.9.1 date_part('hour', timestamp '2001-02-16 20:38:40') 20
`date_part`(text, interval) double precision Get subfield (equivalent to `extract`); see Section 9.9.1 date_part('month', interval '2 years 3 months') 3
`date_trunc`(text, timestamp) timestamp Truncate to specified precision; see also Section 9.9.2 date_trunc('hour', timestamp '2001-02-16 20:38:40') 2001-02-16 20:00:00
`extract`(field from timestamp) double precision Get subfield; see Section 9.9.1 extract(hour from timestamp '2001-02-16 20:38:40') 20
`extract`(field from interval) double precision Get subfield; see Section 9.9.1 extract(month from interval '2 years 3 months') 3
`isfinite`(timestamp) boolean Test for finite time stamp (not equal to infinity) isfinite(timestamp '2001-02-16 21:28:30') true
`isfinite`(interval) boolean Test for finite interval isfinite(interval '4 hours') true
`localtime` time Time of day; see Section 9.9.4
`localtimestamp` timestamp Date and time; see Section 9.9.4
`now`() timestamp with time zone Current date and time (equivalent to `current_timestamp`); see Section 9.9.4
`timeofday()` text Current date and time; see Section 9.9.4

In addition to these functions, the SQL OVERLAPS operator is supported:

```( start1, end1 ) OVERLAPS ( start2, end2 )
( start1, length1 ) OVERLAPS ( start2, length2 )
```

This expression yields true when two time periods (defined by their endpoints) overlap, false when they do not overlap. The endpoints can be specified as pairs of dates, times, or time stamps; or as a date, time, or time stamp followed by an interval.

```SELECT (DATE '2001-02-16', DATE '2001-12-21') OVERLAPS
(DATE '2001-10-30', DATE '2002-10-30');
Result: true
SELECT (DATE '2001-02-16', INTERVAL '100 days') OVERLAPS
(DATE '2001-10-30', DATE '2002-10-30');
Result: false
```

## 9.9.1. `EXTRACT`, `date_part`

```EXTRACT (field FROM source)
```

The `extract` function retrieves subfields such as year or hour from date/time values. source must be a value expression of type timestamp, time, or interval. (Expressions of type date 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 value. The `extract` function returns values of type double precision. The following are valid field names:

century

The century

```SELECT EXTRACT(CENTURY FROM TIMESTAMP '2000-12-16 12:21:13');
Result: 20
SELECT EXTRACT(CENTURY FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 21
```

The first century starts at 0001-01-01 00:00:00 AD, although they did not know it at the time. This definition applies to all Gregorian calendar countries. There is no century number 0, you go from -1 to 1. If you disagree with this, please write your complaint to: Pope, Cathedral Saint-Peter of Roma, Vatican.

PostgreSQL releases before 8.0 did not follow the conventional numbering of centuries, but just returned the year field divided by 100.

day

The day (of the month) field (1 - 31)

```SELECT EXTRACT(DAY FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 16
```

The year field divided by 10

```SELECT EXTRACT(DECADE FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 200
```
dow

The day of the week (0 - 6; Sunday is 0) (for timestamp values only)

```SELECT EXTRACT(DOW FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 5
```

Note that `extract`'s day of the week numbering is different from that of the `to_char` function.

doy

The day of the year (1 - 365/366) (for timestamp values only)

```SELECT EXTRACT(DOY FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 47
```
epoch

For date and timestamp values, the number of seconds since 1970-01-01 00:00:00-00 (can be negative); for interval values, the total number of seconds in the interval

```SELECT EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE '2001-02-16 20:38:40-08');
Result: 982384720

SELECT EXTRACT(EPOCH FROM INTERVAL '5 days 3 hours');
Result: 442800
```

Here is how you can convert an epoch value back to a time stamp:

```SELECT TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE 'epoch' + 982384720 * INTERVAL '1 second';
```
hour

The hour field (0 - 23)

```SELECT EXTRACT(HOUR FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 20
```
microseconds

The seconds field, including fractional parts, multiplied by 1 000 000. Note that this includes full seconds.

```SELECT EXTRACT(MICROSECONDS FROM TIME '17:12:28.5');
Result: 28500000
```
millennium

The millennium

```SELECT EXTRACT(MILLENNIUM FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 3
```

Years in the 1900s are in the second millennium. The third millennium starts January 1, 2001.

PostgreSQL releases before 8.0 did not follow the conventional numbering of millennia, but just returned the year field divided by 1000.

milliseconds

The seconds field, including fractional parts, multiplied by 1000. Note that this includes full seconds.

```SELECT EXTRACT(MILLISECONDS FROM TIME '17:12:28.5');
Result: 28500
```
minute

The minutes field (0 - 59)

```SELECT EXTRACT(MINUTE FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 38
```
month

For timestamp values, the number of the month within the year (1 - 12) ; for interval values the number of months, modulo 12 (0 - 11)

```SELECT EXTRACT(MONTH FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 2

SELECT EXTRACT(MONTH FROM INTERVAL '2 years 3 months');
Result: 3

SELECT EXTRACT(MONTH FROM INTERVAL '2 years 13 months');
Result: 1
```
quarter

The quarter of the year (1 - 4) that the day is in (for timestamp values only)

```SELECT EXTRACT(QUARTER FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 1
```
second

The seconds field, including fractional parts (0 - 59[1])

```SELECT EXTRACT(SECOND FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 40

SELECT EXTRACT(SECOND FROM TIME '17:12:28.5');
Result: 28.5
```
timezone

The time zone offset from UTC, measured in seconds. Positive values correspond to time zones east of UTC, negative values to zones west of UTC.

timezone_hour

The hour component of the time zone offset

timezone_minute

The minute component of the time zone offset

week

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-8601 week starts on Monday.) In other words, the first Thursday of a year is in week 1 of that year. (for timestamp values only)

Because of this, it is possible for early January dates to be part of the 52nd or 53rd week of the previous year. For example, 2005-01-01 is part of the 53rd week of year 2004, and 2006-01-01 is part of the 52nd week of year 2005.

```SELECT EXTRACT(WEEK FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 7
```
year

The year field. Keep in mind there is no 0 AD, so subtracting BC years from AD years should be done with care.

```SELECT EXTRACT(YEAR FROM TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 2001
```

The `extract` function is primarily intended for computational processing. For formatting date/time values for display, see Section 9.8.

The `date_part` function is modeled on the traditional Ingres equivalent to the SQL-standard function `extract`:

```date_part('field', source)
```

Note that here the field parameter needs to be a string value, not a name. The valid field names for `date_part` are the same as for `extract`.

```SELECT date_part('day', TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 16

SELECT date_part('hour', INTERVAL '4 hours 3 minutes');
Result: 4
```

## 9.9.2. `date_trunc`

The function `date_trunc` is conceptually similar to the `trunc` function for numbers.

```date_trunc('field', source)
```

source is a value expression of type timestamp or interval. (Values of type date and time are cast automatically, to timestamp or interval respectively.) field selects to which precision to truncate the input value. The return value is of type timestamp or interval with all fields that are less significant than the selected one set to zero (or one, for day and month).

Valid values for field are:

 microseconds milliseconds second minute hour day week month quarter year decade century millennium

Examples:

```SELECT date_trunc('hour', TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 2001-02-16 20:00:00

SELECT date_trunc('year', TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40');
Result: 2001-01-01 00:00:00
```

## 9.9.3. AT TIME ZONE

The AT TIME ZONE construct allows conversions of time stamps to different time zones. Table 9-27 shows its variants.

Table 9-27. AT TIME ZONE Variants

Expression Return Type Description
timestamp without time zone AT TIME ZONE zone timestamp with time zone Convert local time in given time zone to UTC
timestamp with time zone AT TIME ZONE zone timestamp without time zone Convert UTC to local time in given time zone
time with time zone AT TIME ZONE zone time with time zone Convert local time across time zones

In these expressions, the desired time zone zone can be specified either as a text string (e.g., 'PST') or as an interval (e.g., INTERVAL '-08:00'). In the text case, the available zone names are those shown in Table B-4. (It would be useful to support the more general names shown in Table B-6, but this is not yet implemented.)

Examples (supposing that the local time zone is PST8PDT):

```SELECT TIMESTAMP '2001-02-16 20:38:40' AT TIME ZONE 'MST';
Result: 2001-02-16 19:38:40-08

SELECT TIMESTAMP WITH TIME ZONE '2001-02-16 20:38:40-05' AT TIME ZONE 'MST';
Result: 2001-02-16 18:38:40
```

The first example takes a zone-less time stamp and interprets it as MST time (UTC-7) to produce a UTC time stamp, which is then rotated to PST (UTC-8) for display. The second example takes a time stamp specified in EST (UTC-5) and converts it to local time in MST (UTC-7).

The function `timezone`(zone, timestamp) is equivalent to the SQL-conforming construct timestamp AT TIME ZONE zone.

## 9.9.4. Current Date/Time

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 )
LOCALTIME
LOCALTIMESTAMP
LOCALTIME ( precision )
LOCALTIMESTAMP ( precision )
```

`CURRENT_TIME` and `CURRENT_TIMESTAMP` deliver values with time zone; `LOCALTIME` and `LOCALTIMESTAMP` deliver values without time zone.

`CURRENT_TIME`, `CURRENT_TIMESTAMP`, `LOCALTIME`, and `LOCALTIMESTAMP` can optionally be given a precision parameter, which causes the result to be rounded to that many fractional digits in the seconds field. Without a precision parameter, the result is given to the full available precision.

Note: Prior to PostgreSQL 7.2, the precision parameters were unimplemented, and the result was always given in integer seconds.

Some examples:

```SELECT CURRENT_TIME;
Result: 14:39:53.662522-05

SELECT CURRENT_DATE;
Result: 2001-12-23

SELECT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP;
Result: 2001-12-23 14:39:53.662522-05

SELECT CURRENT_TIMESTAMP(2);
Result: 2001-12-23 14:39:53.66-05

SELECT LOCALTIMESTAMP;
Result: 2001-12-23 14:39:53.662522
```

The function `now()` is the traditional PostgreSQL equivalent to `CURRENT_TIMESTAMP`.

There is also the function `timeofday()`, which for historical reasons returns a text string rather than a timestamp value:

```SELECT timeofday();
Result: Sat Feb 17 19:07:32.000126 2001 EST
```

It is important to know that `CURRENT_TIMESTAMP` and related functions return the start time of the current transaction; their values do not change during the transaction. This is considered a feature: the intent is to allow a single transaction to have a consistent notion of the "current" time, so that multiple modifications within the same transaction bear the same time stamp. `timeofday()` returns the wall-clock time and does advance during transactions.

Note: Other database systems may advance these values more frequently.

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';
```

Tip: You do not want to use the third form when specifying a DEFAULT clause 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.

### Notes

 [1] 60 if leap seconds are implemented by the operating system

July 18, 2005, 5:48 p.m.

To validate a date, I use the following method. You should be able to adjust it to your needs by simply modifying validFormat to match your needs.

DROP FUNCTION isValidDate(CHAR);

/*
* Just replace 'validFormat' with a valid date format
*/
CREATE FUNCTION isValidDate(CHAR) RETURNS bool AS '
DECLARE
result BOOL;
validFormat TEXT := \'DD-MM-YYYY\';
BEGIN
SELECT TO_CHAR(TO_DATE(\$1,validFormat),validFormat) = \$1
INTO result;
RETURN result;
END;

' LANGUAGE plpgsql;

July 22, 2005, 10:53 p.m.

A more generic version of the previously submited isValidDate(CHAR) function. Allows to specify format string as parameter. Hope it's (more) helpful.

CREATE OR REPLACE FUNCTION isValidDate(char, char) RETURNS boolean AS'
DECLARE
result BOOL;
BEGIN
SELECT TO_CHAR(TO_DATE(\$1,\$2),\$2) = \$1
INTO result;
RETURN result;
END;
'LANGUAGE 'plpgsql';

Aug. 30, 2005, 10:23 a.m.

When you want a default timestamp to be the current time, here's how you'd do it:

CREATE TABLE stuff(
entry varchar,
entryCreationTime timestamp default now()
);

Sept. 6, 2005, 3:53 p.m.

Here's a faster way to get your interval in hours. Ignore the first function I presented, it's about 2.5 time slower.

create or replace function interval_to_hours(interval) returns double precision as \$\$
begin
return extract(EPOCH from \$1)/3600;
end \$\$ language plpgsql;