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How to format date fields using MySQL

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

Specifier Description
%a Abbreviated weekday name (Sun..Sat)
%b Abbreviated month name (Jan..Dec)
%c Month, numeric (0..12)
%D Day of the month with English suffix (0th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, …)
%d Day of the month, numeric (00..31)
%e Day of the month, numeric (0..31)
%f Microseconds (000000..999999)
%H Hour (00..23)
%h Hour (01..12)
%I Hour (01..12)
%i Minutes, numeric (00..59)
%j Day of year (001..366)
%k Hour (0..23)
%l Hour (1..12)
%M Month name (January..December)
%m Month, numeric (00..12)
%p AM or PM
%r Time, 12-hour (hh:mm:ss followed by AM or PM)
%S Seconds (00..59)
%s Seconds (00..59)
%T Time, 24-hour (hh:mm:ss)
%U Week (00..53), where Sunday is the first day of the week
%u Week (00..53), where Monday is the first day of the week
%V Week (01..53), where Sunday is the first day of the week; used with %X
%v Week (01..53), where Monday is the first day of the week; used with %x
%W Weekday name (Sunday..Saturday)
%w Day of the week (0=Sunday..6=Saturday)
%X Year for the week where Sunday is the first day of the week, numeric, four digits; used with %V
%x Year for the week, where Monday is the first day of the week, numeric, four digits; used with %v
%Y Year, numeric, four digits
%y Year, numeric (two digits)
%% A literal “%” character
%x x, for any “x” not listed above

Last Updated On March 23, 2018

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