MySQL

How to format date fields using MySQL

Written by Ian Carnaghan · 1 min read >

Ever wondered how to change the output of the date format using MySQL?

If you are constantly logging you’re data it’s more likely that you will use DATETIME fields in a MySQL table field to track the dates of events.

What happens if you need to display the date in Human readable format? By using the DATE_FORMAT() function you’ll be able to manipulate the Date in almost any possible way.

MySQL Example using the DATE_FORMAT() function:

DATE_FORMAT(NOW(),‘%W, %M %e, %Y @ %h:%i %p’)  will output ‘Sunday, September 20, 2008 @ 12:45 PM’ 

Letter Representations for the mySql DATE_FORMAT() function

SpecifierDescription
%aAbbreviated weekday name (Sun..Sat)
%bAbbreviated month name (Jan..Dec)
%cMonth, numeric (0..12)
%DDay of the month with English suffix (0th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, …)
%dDay of the month, numeric (00..31)
%eDay of the month, numeric (0..31)
%fMicroseconds (000000..999999)
%HHour (00..23)
%hHour (01..12)
%IHour (01..12)
%iMinutes, numeric (00..59)
%jDay of year (001..366)
%kHour (0..23)
%lHour (1..12)
%MMonth name (January..December)
%mMonth, numeric (00..12)
%pAM or PM
%rTime, 12-hour (hh:mm:ss followed by AM or PM)
%SSeconds (00..59)
%sSeconds (00..59)
%TTime, 24-hour (hh:mm:ss)
%UWeek (00..53), where Sunday is the first day of the week
%uWeek (00..53), where Monday is the first day of the week
%VWeek (01..53), where Sunday is the first day of the week; used with %X
%vWeek (01..53), where Monday is the first day of the week; used with %x
%WWeekday name (Sunday..Saturday)
%wDay of the week (0=Sunday..6=Saturday)
%XYear for the week where Sunday is the first day of the week, numeric, four digits; used with %V
%xYear for the week, where Monday is the first day of the week, numeric, four digits; used with %v
%YYear, numeric, four digits
%yYear, numeric (two digits)
%%A literal “%” character
%xx, for any “x” not listed above

Last Updated On March 23, 2018
Written by Ian Carnaghan
I am a software developer and online educator who likes to keep up with all the latest in technology. I also manage cloud infrastructure, continuous monitoring, DevOps processes, security, and continuous integration and deployment. Profile

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