NOW() Function Examples Query – MySQL

Today we are going to discuss MySQL now() function with various types of examples.
We will explore the MySQL now() function with MySQL queries to the database.

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MySQL NOW() Function

Basically MySQL NOW() is used to returns the current date and time. It will return the value of two types format, first is the YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS and second is the YYYYMMDDHHMMSS format. But it depends on the function is used to string or numeric context.

Syntax

NOW([fsp])

Note: fsp is optional. It means fractional second precision.

Basic Example-1

Now we will take an example and explain it.

SELECT NOW();

Output-1

 +---------------------+
 | NOW()               |
 +---------------------+
 | 2019-07-14 11:17:58 |
 +---------------------+

Example-2 With FSP

Now we take another example with fsp argument or params.

SELECT NOW(3);

Output-2

 +----------------------------+
 | NOW(3)                     |
 +----------------------------+
 | 2019-07-14 05:12:06.095048 |
 +----------------------------+

Example-4 With Mysql database

Now we take the next example with a database table. We take database table employees and fetch the records from the database table using MySQL NOW().

 SELECT name, created_at
 FROM employees 
 WHERE DATE(created_at) = DATE(NOW()) ORDER BY id DESC

Output-3

The above Mysql query produces the result, see below :

Current-Date-Record-MySQL
Current-Date-Record-MySQL

Example-4

Now we take the next example with a numeric context with NOW().

SELECT NOW() + 2;

Output-4

 +----------------+
 | NOW() + 2      |
 +----------------+
 | 20190714055004 |
 +----------------+

Example-5

We take another example of now() function when we used to numeric context with now() function. It will return the number value.

The below example, add 1 hour, minus -1 hour and add 1 day with current date and time.

 SELECT (NOW() - INTERVAL 1 HOUR) 'NOW - 1 hour',
 NOW(),
 NOW() + INTERVAL 1 HOUR 'NOW + 1 hour';

Conclusion

Here, you have learned how to use MySQL NOW() function with various examples.

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