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smalldatetime (Transact-SQL)

Defines a date that is combined with a time of day. The time is based on a 24-hour day, with seconds always zero (:00) and without fractional seconds.

Note Note

Use the time, date, datetime2 and datetimeoffset data types for new work. These types align with the SQL Standard. They are more portable. time, datetime2 and datetimeoffset provide more seconds precision. datetimeoffset provides time zone support for globally deployed applications.

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database.

Syntax

smalldatetime

Usage

DECLARE @MySmalldatetime smalldatetime

CREATE TABLE Table1 ( Column1 smalldatetime )

Default string literal formats

(used for down-level client)

Not applicable

Date range

1900-01-01 through 2079-06-06

January 1, 1900, through June 6, 2079

Time range

00:00:00 through 23:59:59

2007-05-09 23:59:59 will round to

2007-05-10 00:00:00

Element ranges

YYYY is four digits, ranging from 1900, to 2079, that represent a year.

MM is two digits, ranging from 01 to 12, that represent a month in the specified year.

DD is two digits, ranging from 01 to 31 depending on the month, that represent a day of the specified month.

hh is two digits, ranging from 00 to 23, that represent the hour.

mm is two digits, ranging from 00 to 59, that represent the minute.

ss is two digits, ranging from 00 to 59, that represent the second. Values that are 29.998 seconds or less are rounded down to the nearest minute, Values of 29.999 seconds or more are rounded up to the nearest minute.

Character length

19 positions maximum

Storage size

4 bytes, fixed.

Accuracy

One minute

Default value

1900-01-01 00:00:00

Calendar

Gregorian

(Does not include the complete range of years.)

User-defined fractional second precision

No

Time zone offset aware and preservation

No

Daylight saving aware

No

smalldatetime is not ANSI or ISO 8601 compliant.

When you convert to date and time data types, SQL Server rejects all values it cannot recognize as dates or times. For information about using the CAST and CONVERT functions with date and time data, see CAST and CONVERT (Transact-SQL).

Converting smalldatetime to Other Date and Time Types

The following table describes what occurs when a smalldatetime data type is converted to other date and time data types.

Data type to convert to

Conversion details

date

The year, month, and day are copied.

The following code shows the results of converting a smalldatetime value to a date value.

DECLARE @smalldatetime smalldatetime = '1955-12-13 12:43:10';
DECLARE @date date = @smalldatetime

SELECT @smalldatetime AS '@smalldatetime', @date AS 'date';

--Result
--@smalldatetime          date
------------------------- ----------
--1955-12-13 12:43:00     1955-12-13
--
--(1 row(s) affected)

time(n)

The hours, minutes, and seconds are copied. The fractional seconds are set to 0.

The following code shows the results of converting a smalldatetime value to a time(4) value.

DECLARE @smalldatetime smalldatetime = '1955-12-13 12:43:10';
DECLARE @time time(4) = @smalldatetime;

SELECT @smalldatetime AS '@smalldatetime', @time AS 'time';

--Result
--@smalldatetime          time
------------------------- -------------
--1955-12-13 12:43:00     12:43:00.0000
--
--(1 row(s) affected)

datetime

The smalldatetime value is copied to the datetime value. The fractional seconds are set to 0.

The following code shows the results of converting a smalldatetime value to a datetime value.

DECLARE @smalldatetime smalldatetime = '1955-12-13 12:43:10';
DECLARE @datetime datetime = @smalldatetime;

SELECT @smalldatetime AS '@smalldatetime', @datetime AS 'datetime';

--Result
--@smalldatetime          datetime
------------------------- -----------------------
--1955-12-13 12:43:00     1955-12-13 12:43:00.000
--
--(1 row(s) affected)

datetimeoffset(n)

The smalldatetime value is copied to the datetimeoffset(n) value. The fractional seconds are set to 0, and the time zone offset is set to +00:0.

The following code shows the results of converting a smalldatetime value to a datetimeoffset(4) value.

DECLARE @smalldatetime smalldatetime = '1955-12-13 12:43:10';
DECLARE @datetimeoffset datetimeoffset(4) = @smalldatetime;

SELECT @smalldatetime AS '@smalldatetime', @datetimeoffset AS 'datetimeoffset(4)';

--Result
--@smalldatetime          datetimeoffset(4)
------------------------- ------------------------------
--1955-12-13 12:43:00     1955-12-13 12:43:00.0000 +00:0
--
--(1 row(s) affected)

datetime2(n)

The smalldatetime value is copied to the datetime2(n) value. The fractional seconds are set to 0.

The following code shows the results of converting a smalldatetime value to a datetime2(4) value.

DECLARE @smalldatetime smalldatetime = '1955-12-13 12:43:10';
DECLARE @datetime2 datetime2(4) = @smalldatetime;

SELECT @smalldatetime AS '@smalldatetime', @datetime2 AS ' datetime2(4)';

--Result
--@smalldatetime           datetime2(4)
------------------------- ------------------------
--1955-12-13 12:43:00     1955-12-13 12:43:00.0000
--
--(1 row(s) affected)

A. Casting string literals with seconds to smalldatetime

The following example compares the conversion of seconds in string literals to smalldatetime.

SELECT 
     CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29'     AS smalldatetime)
    ,CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:30'     AS smalldatetime)
    ,CAST('2007-05-08 12:59:59.998' AS smalldatetime);

Input

Output

2007-05-08 12:35:29

2007-05-08 12:35:00

2007-05-08 12:35:30

2007-05-08 12:36:00

2007-05-08 12:59:59.998

2007-05-08 13:00:00

B. Comparing date and time data types

The following example compares the results of casting a string to each date and time data type.

SELECT 
     CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29. 1234567 +12:15' AS time(7)) AS 'time' 
    ,CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29. 1234567 +12:15' AS date) AS 'date' 
    ,CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29.123' AS smalldatetime) AS 
        'smalldatetime' 
    ,CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29.123' AS datetime) AS 'datetime' 
    ,CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29. 1234567 +12:15' AS datetime2(7)) AS 
        'datetime2'
    ,CAST('2007-05-08 12:35:29.1234567 +12:15' AS datetimeoffset(7)) AS 
        'datetimeoffset';

Data type

Output

time

12:35:29. 1234567

date

2007-05-08

smalldatetime

2007-05-08 12:35:00

datetime

2007-05-08 12:35:29.123

datetime2

2007-05-08 12:35:29. 1234567

datetimeoffset

2007-05-08 12:35:29.1234567 +12:15

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