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SQL Server FORMAT() Function


Format a date:

DECLARE @d DATETIME = '12/01/2018';
SELECT FORMAT (@d, 'd', 'en-US') AS 'US English Result',
               FORMAT (@d, 'd', 'no') AS 'Norwegian Result',
               FORMAT (@d, 'd', 'zu') AS 'Zulu Result';
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Definition and Usage

The FORMAT() function formats a value with the specified format (and an optional culture in SQL Server 2017).

Use the FORMAT() function to format date/time values and number values. For general data type conversions, use CAST() or CONVERT().


FORMAT(value, format, culture)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
value Required. The value to be formatted
format Required. The format pattern
culture Optional. Specifies a culture (from SQL Server 2017)

Technical Details

Works in: SQL Server (starting with 2012), Azure SQL Database

More Examples


Format a number:

SELECT FORMAT(123456789, '##-##-#####');
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