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How to Use SQL NOW to Retrieve Date or Time

Reading time 1 min
Published Aug 9, 2017
Updated Oct 11, 2019

SQL NOW Function: Main Tips

  • This function brings back the present date/time of the system.
  • In other systems there are various alternatives to this function/

Syntax of SQL NOW

Example
SELECT NOW() FROM tbl_name;
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Demo Database

The example table "Products":

ID Name Supplier_ID Category_ID Unit Price Unit_in_stock Unit_on_order
1 Cucumber 3 3 5 crates 19 17 16
2 Tomato 3 3 6 crates 20 24 Null
3 Cheese 3 4 5 kg boxes 11 11 6
4 Milk 4 4 5 L bottles 22 56 12
5 Bread 4 4 36 boxes 26 26 1

SQL NOW: Example

The code example below pick out the "Name" and "Price" for present day in the table "Products":

Example
SELECT Name, Price, Now() AS PerDate
FROM Products;

SQLite Syntax: Example

Example
SELECT Name, Price, strftime('%Y-%m-%d','now') AS PerDate
FROM Products;