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Date & Time Functions

DATE_TRUNC

Truncates a DATE, TIME, or TIMESTAMP value to the specified precision. For example, truncating a timestamp down to the quarter returns the timestamp corresponding to midnight of the first day of the original timestamp’s quarter.

This function provides an alternative syntax for TRUNC by reversing the two arguments.

Truncation is not the same as extraction. For example:

  • Truncating a timestamp down to the quarter using this function returns the timestamp corresponding to midnight of the first day of the quarter for the input timestamp.

  • Extracting the quarter date part from a timestamp using the EXTRACT function returns the quarter number of the year in the timestamp.

Alternatives:

TRUNC

See also:

DATE_PART , EXTRACT

Syntax

DATE_TRUNC( <date_or_time_part>, <date_or_time_expr> )
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Arguments

date_or_time_part

This argument must be one of the values listed in Supported Date and Time Parts.

date_or_time_expr

This argument must evaluate to a date, time, or timestamp.

Returns

The returned value is the same type as the input value.

For example, if the input value is a TIMESTAMP, then the returned value is a TIMESTAMP.

Usage notes

  • When date_or_time_part is week (or any of its variations), the output is controlled by the WEEK_START session parameter. For more details, including examples, see Calendar Weeks and Weekdays.

Examples

The DATE_TRUNC function examples use the data in the following table:

CREATE OR REPLACE TABLE test_date_trunc (
 mydate DATE,
 mytime TIME,
 mytimestamp TIMESTAMP);

INSERT INTO test_date_trunc VALUES (
  '2024-05-09',
  '08:50:48',
  '2024-05-09 08:50:57.891 -0700');

SELECT * FROM test_date_trunc;
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+------------+----------+-------------------------+
| MYDATE     | MYTIME   | MYTIMESTAMP             |
|------------+----------+-------------------------|
| 2024-05-09 | 08:50:48 | 2024-05-09 08:50:57.891 |
+------------+----------+-------------------------+

The following examples show date truncation. In all cases, the returned value is of the same data type as the input value, but with zeros for the portions, such as fractional seconds, that were truncated:

Truncate a date down to the year, month, and day:

SELECT mydate AS "DATE",
       DATE_TRUNC('year', mydate) AS "TRUNCATED TO YEAR",
       DATE_TRUNC('month', mydate) AS "TRUNCATED TO MONTH",
       DATE_TRUNC('day', mydate) AS "TRUNCATED TO DAY"
  FROM test_date_trunc;
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+------------+-------------------+--------------------+------------------+
| DATE       | TRUNCATED TO YEAR | TRUNCATED TO MONTH | TRUNCATED TO DAY |
|------------+-------------------+--------------------+------------------|
| 2024-05-09 | 2024-01-01        | 2024-05-01         | 2024-05-09       |
+------------+-------------------+--------------------+------------------+

Truncate a time down to the minute:

SELECT mytime AS "TIME",
       DATE_TRUNC('minute', mytime) AS "TRUNCATED TO MINUTE"
  FROM test_date_trunc;
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+----------+---------------------+
| TIME     | TRUNCATED TO MINUTE |
|----------+---------------------|
| 08:50:48 | 08:50:00            |
+----------+---------------------+

Truncate a TIMESTAMP down to the hour, minute, and second:

SELECT mytimestamp AS "TIMESTAMP",
       DATE_TRUNC('hour', mytimestamp) AS "TRUNCATED TO HOUR",
       DATE_TRUNC('minute', mytimestamp) AS "TRUNCATED TO MINUTE",
       DATE_TRUNC('second', mytimestamp) AS "TRUNCATED TO SECOND"
  FROM test_date_trunc;
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+-------------------------+-------------------------+-------------------------+-------------------------+
| TIMESTAMP               | TRUNCATED TO HOUR       | TRUNCATED TO MINUTE     | TRUNCATED TO SECOND     |
|-------------------------+-------------------------+-------------------------+-------------------------|
| 2024-05-09 08:50:57.891 | 2024-05-09 08:00:00.000 | 2024-05-09 08:50:00.000 | 2024-05-09 08:50:57.000 |
+-------------------------+-------------------------+-------------------------+-------------------------+

Contrast the DATE_TRUNC function with the EXTRACT function:

SELECT DATE_TRUNC('quarter', mytimestamp) AS "TRUNCATED",
       EXTRACT('quarter', mytimestamp) AS "EXTRACTED"
  FROM test_date_trunc;
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+-------------------------+-----------+
| TRUNCATED               | EXTRACTED |
|-------------------------+-----------|
| 2024-04-01 00:00:00.000 |         2 |
+-------------------------+-----------+