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SQL Server FAQ - Difference Between GETDATE() and GETUTCDATE()

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What Is the Difference Between GETDATE() and GETUTCDATE()?

The difference between GETDATE() and GETUTCDATE() is time zone number of the SQL Server machine. The tutorial exercise below gives you a good example:

DECLARE @local_time DATETIME;
DECLARE @gmt_time DATETIME;
SET @local_time = GETDATE();
SET @gmt_time = GETUTCDATE();
SELECT 'Server local time: '
   + CONVERT(VARCHAR(40),@local_time);
SELECT 'Server GMT time: '
   + CONVERT(VARCHAR(40),@gmt_time);
SELECT 'Server time zone: '
   + CONVERT(VARCHAR(40),
      DATEDIFF(hour,@gmt_time,@local_time));
GO
Server local time: Jun  2 2007 10:06PM
Server GMT time: Jun  2 2007  4:21PM
Server time zone: 6

Note that the local time is from SQL server machine, not your local machine if you are connected to the server remotely. The local time is also adjusted by day-light savings.

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  7. How To Increment or Decrement Parts of DATETIME Values?
  8. How To Use DATEADD() Function?
  9. How To Calculate DATETIME Value Differences Using the DATEDIFF() Function?
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  16. How To Format DATETIME Values to Strings with the CONVERT() Function?
  17. How To Truncate DATETIME Values to Dates without Time?
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