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GETUTCDATE (Transact-SQL)

 

Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview

Returns the current database system timestamp as a datetime value. The database time zone offset is not included. This value represents the current UTC time (Coordinated Universal Time). This value is derived from the operating system of the computer on which the instance of SQL Server is running.

System_CAPS_noteNote

SYSDATETIME and SYSUTCDATETIME have more fractional seconds precision than GETDATE and GETUTCDATE. SYSDATETIMEOFFSET includes the system time zone offset. SYSDATETIME, SYSUTCDATETIME, and SYSDATETIMEOFFSET can be assigned to a variable of any of the date and time types.

For an overview of all Transact-SQL date and time data types and functions, see Date and Time Data Types and Functions (Transact-SQL).

Applies to: SQL Server (SQL Server 2008 through current version), Azure SQL Database, Azure SQL Data Warehouse Public Preview.

Topic link icon Transact-SQL Syntax Conventions


GETUTCDATE()

datetime

Transact-SQL statements can refer to GETUTCDATE anywhere they can refer to a datetime expression.

GETUTCDATE is a nondeterministic function. Views and expressions that reference this function in a column cannot be indexed.

The following examples use the six SQL Server system functions that return current date and time to return the date, time or both. The values are returned in series; therefore, their fractional seconds might be different.

SELECT 'SYSDATETIME()      ', SYSDATETIME();
SELECT 'SYSDATETIMEOFFSET()', SYSDATETIMEOFFSET();
SELECT 'SYSUTCDATETIME()   ', SYSUTCDATETIME();
SELECT 'CURRENT_TIMESTAMP  ', CURRENT_TIMESTAMP;
SELECT 'GETDATE()          ', GETDATE();
SELECT 'GETUTCDATE()       ', GETUTCDATE();
/* Returned:
SYSDATETIME()            2007-05-03 18:34:11.9351421
SYSDATETIMEOFFSET()      2007-05-03 18:34:11.9351421 -07:00
SYSUTCDATETIME()         2007-05-04 01:34:11.9351421
CURRENT_TIMESTAMP        2007-05-03 18:34:11.933
GETDATE()                2007-05-03 18:34:11.933
GETUTCDATE()             2007-05-04 01:34:11.933
*/

SELECT 'SYSDATETIME()      ', CONVERT (date, SYSDATETIME());
SELECT 'SYSDATETIMEOFFSET()', CONVERT (date, SYSDATETIMEOFFSET());
SELECT 'SYSUTCDATETIME()   ', CONVERT (date, SYSUTCDATETIME());
SELECT 'CURRENT_TIMESTAMP  ', CONVERT (date, CURRENT_TIMESTAMP);
SELECT 'GETDATE()          ', CONVERT (date, GETDATE());
SELECT 'GETUTCDATE()       ', CONVERT (date, GETUTCDATE());

/* Returned: 
SYSDATETIME()            2007-05-03
SYSDATETIMEOFFSET()      2007-05-03
SYSUTCDATETIME()         2007-05-04
CURRENT_TIMESTAMP        2007-05-03
GETDATE()                2007-05-03
GETUTCDATE()             2007-05-04
*/

SELECT 'SYSDATETIME()      ', CONVERT (time, SYSDATETIME());
SELECT 'SYSDATETIMEOFFSET()', CONVERT (time, SYSDATETIMEOFFSET());
SELECT 'SYSUTCDATETIME()   ', CONVERT (time, SYSUTCDATETIME());
SELECT 'CURRENT_TIMESTAMP  ', CONVERT (time, CURRENT_TIMESTAMP);
SELECT 'GETDATE()          ', CONVERT (time, GETDATE());
SELECT 'GETUTCDATE()       ', CONVERT (time, GETUTCDATE());
/* Returned
SYSDATETIME()            18:25:01.6958841
SYSDATETIMEOFFSET()      18:25:01.6958841
SYSUTCDATETIME()         01:25:01.6958841
CURRENT_TIMESTAMP        18:25:01.6930000
GETDATE()                18:25:01.6930000
GETUTCDATE()             01:25:01.6930000
*/

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