Applies to: SQL Server Azure SQL Database Azure SQL Managed Instance Azure Synapse Analytics Analytics Platform System (PDW)

This function returns an integer representing the specified datepart of the specified date.

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

Transact-SQL syntax conventions


DATEPART ( datepart , date )  


To view Transact-SQL syntax for SQL Server 2014 (12.x) and earlier versions, see Previous versions documentation.


The specific part of the date argument for which DATEPART will return an integer. This table lists all valid datepart arguments.


DATEPART does not accept user-defined variable equivalents for the datepart arguments.

datepart Abbreviations
year yy, yyyy
quarter qq, q
month mm, m
dayofyear dy, y
day dd, d
week wk, ww
weekday dw
hour hh
minute mi, n
second ss, s
millisecond ms
microsecond mcs
nanosecond ns
tzoffset tz
iso_week isowk, isoww

An expression that resolves to one of the following data types:

  • date
  • datetime
  • datetimeoffset
  • datetime2
  • smalldatetime
  • time

For date, DATEPART will accept a column expression, expression, string literal, or user-defined variable. Use four-digit years to avoid ambiguity issues. See Configure the two digit year cutoff Server Configuration Option for information about two-digit years.

Return Type


Return Value

Each datepart and its abbreviations return the same value.

The return value depends on the language environment set by using SET LANGUAGE, and by the Configure the default language Server Configuration Option of the login. The return value depends on SET DATEFORMAT if date is a string literal of some formats. SET DATEFORMAT doesn't change the return value when the date is a column expression of a date or time data type.

This table lists all datepart arguments, with corresponding return values, for the statement SELECT DATEPART(datepart,'2007-10-30 12:15:32.1234567 +05:10'). The date argument has a datetimeoffset(7) data type. The last two positions of the nanosecond datepart return value are always 00 and this value has a scale of 9:


datepart Return value
year, yyyy, yy 2007
quarter, qq, q 4
month, mm, m 10
dayofyear, dy, y 303
day, dd, d 30
week, wk, ww 44
weekday, dw 3
hour, hh 12
minute, n 15
second, ss, s 32
millisecond, ms 123
microsecond, mcs 123456
nanosecond, ns 123456700
tzoffset, tz 310
iso_week, isowk, isoww 44

Week and weekday datepart arguments

For a week (wk, ww) or weekday (dw) datepart, the DATEPART return value depends on the value set by SET DATEFIRST.

January 1 of any year defines the starting number for the week datepart. For example:

DATEPART (wk, 'Jan 1, xxxx') = 1

where xxxx is any year.

This table shows the return value for the week and weekday datepart for '2007-04-21 ' for each SET DATEFIRST argument. January 1, 2007 falls on a Monday. April 21, 2007 falls on a Saturday. For U.S. English,

SET DATEFIRST 7 -- ( Sunday )

serves as the default. After setting DATEFIRST, use this suggested SQL statement for the datepart table values:

SELECT DATEPART(week, '2007-04-21 '), DATEPART(weekday, '2007-04-21 ')




1 16 6
2 17 5
3 17 4
4 17 3
5 17 2
6 17 1
7 16 7

year, month, and day datepart Arguments

The values that are returned for DATEPART (year, date), DATEPART (month, date), and DATEPART (day, date) are the same as those returned by the functions YEAR, MONTH, and DAY, respectively.

iso_week datepart

ISO 8601 includes the ISO week-date system, a numbering system for weeks. Each week is associated with the year in which Thursday occurs. For example, week 1 of 2004 (2004W01) covered Monday, 29 December 2003 to Sunday, 4 January 2004. European countries/regions typically use this style of numbering. Non-European countries/regions typically don't use it.

Note: the highest week number in a year could be either 52 or 53.

The numbering systems of different countries/regions might not comply with the ISO standard. This table shows six possibilities:

First day of week First week of year contains Weeks assigned two times Used by/in
Sunday 1 January,

First Saturday,

1-7 days of year
Yes United States
Monday 1 January,

First Sunday,

1-7 days of year
Yes Most of Europe and the United Kingdom
Monday 4 January,

First Thursday,

4-7 days of year
No ISO 8601, Norway, and Sweden
Monday 7 January,

First Monday,

Seven days of year
Wednesday 1 January,

First Tuesday,

1-7 days of year
Saturday 1 January,

First Friday,

1-7 days of year


DATEPART returns the tzoffset (tz) value as the number of minutes (signed). This statement returns a time zone offset of 310 minutes:

SELECT DATEPART (tzoffset, '2007-05-10  00:00:01.1234567 +05:10');  

DATEPART renders the tzoffset value as follows:

  • For datetimeoffset and datetime2, tzoffset returns the time offset in minutes, where the offset for datetime2 is always 0 minutes.
  • For data types that can implicitly convert to datetimeoffset or datetime2, DATEPART returns the time offset in minutes. Exception: other date / time data types.
  • Parameters of all other types result in an error.

smalldatetime date Argument

For a smalldatetime date value, DATEPART returns seconds as 00.

Default Returned for a datepart That Isn't in a date Argument

If the date argument data type doesn't have the specified datepart, DATEPART will return the default for that datepart only when a literal is specified for date.

For example, the default year-month-day for any date data type is 1900-01-01. This statement has date part arguments for datepart, a time argument for date, and it returns 1900, 1, 1, 1, 2.

SELECT DATEPART(year, '12:10:30.123')  
    ,DATEPART(month, '12:10:30.123')  
    ,DATEPART(day, '12:10:30.123')  
    ,DATEPART(dayofyear, '12:10:30.123')  
    ,DATEPART(weekday, '12:10:30.123');  

If date is specified as a variable or table column, and the data type for that variable or column doesn't have the specified datepart, DATEPART will return error 9810. In this example, variable @t has a time data type. The example fails because the date part year is invalid for the time data type:

DECLARE @t time = '12:10:30.123';   
SELECT DATEPART(year, @t);  

Fractional seconds

These statements show that DATEPART returns fractional seconds:

SELECT DATEPART(millisecond, '00:00:01.1234567'); -- Returns 123  
SELECT DATEPART(microsecond, '00:00:01.1234567'); -- Returns 123456  
SELECT DATEPART(nanosecond,  '00:00:01.1234567'); -- Returns 123456700  


DATEPART can be used in the select list, WHERE, HAVING, GROUP BY, and ORDER BY clauses.

DATEPART implicitly casts string literals as a datetime2 type in SQL Server 2008 (10.0.x) and later. This means that DATENAME doesn't support the format YDM when the date is passed as a string. You must explicitly cast the string to a datetime or smalldatetime type to use the YDM format.


This example returns the base year. The base year helps with date calculations. In the example, a number specifies the date. Notice that SQL Server interprets 0 as January 1, 1900.

SELECT DATEPART(year, 0), DATEPART(month, 0), DATEPART(day, 0);  

-- Returns: 1900    1    1 

This example returns the day part of the date 12/20/1974.

-- Uses AdventureWorks  
SELECT TOP(1) DATEPART (day,'12/20/1974') FROM dbo.DimCustomer;  

-- Returns: 20

This example returns the year part of the date 12/20/1974.

-- Uses AdventureWorks  
SELECT TOP(1) DATEPART (year,'12/20/1974') FROM dbo.DimCustomer;  

-- Returns: 1974

See also