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SQL FORMAT() Function

The FORMAT() Function

The FORMAT() function is used to format how a field is to be displayed.


SELECT FORMAT(column_name,format) FROM table_name;
Parameter Description
column_name Required. The field to be formatted.
format Required. Specifies the format.

Demo Database

In this tutorial we will use the well-known Northwind sample database.

Below is a selection from the "Products" table:

ProductID ProductName SupplierID CategoryID Unit Price
1 Chais 1 1 10 boxes x 20 bags 18
2 Chang 1 1 24 - 12 oz bottles 19
3 Aniseed Syrup 1 2 12 - 550 ml bottles 10
4 Chef Anton's Cajun Seasoning 2 2 48 - 6 oz jars 21.35
5 Chef Anton's Gumbo Mix 2 2 36 boxes 25

SQL FORMAT() Example

The following SQL statement selects the product name, and price for today (formatted like YYYY-MM-DD) from the "Products" table:


SELECT ProductName, Price, FORMAT(Now(),'YYYY-MM-DD') AS PerDate
FROM Products;

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