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GETUTCDATE (Transact-SQL)

Applies To: SQL Server 2014, SQL Server 2016 Preview

Topic Status: Some information in this topic is preview and subject to change in future releases. Preview information describes new features or changes to existing features in Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Community Technology Preview 2 (CTP2).

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.

Note Note

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()

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.

A. Getting the current system date and time

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
*/

B. Getting the current system date

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
*/

C. Getting the current system time

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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