DATEADD function - Amazon Redshift

DATEADD function

Increments a DATE, TIME, TIMETZ, or TIMESTAMP value by a specified interval.


DATEADD( datepart, interval, {date|time|timetz|timestamp} )



The date part (year, month, day, or hour, for example) that the function operates on. For more information, see Date parts for date or timestamp functions.


An integer that specified the interval (number of days, for example) to add to the target expression. A negative integer subtracts the interval.


A DATE, TIME, TIMETZ, or TIMESTAMP column or an expression that implicitly converts to a DATE, TIME, TIMETZ, or TIMESTAMP. The DATE, TIME, TIMETZ, or TIMESTAMP expression must contain the specified date part.

Return type

TIMESTAMP or TIME or TIMETZ depending on the input data type.

Examples with a DATE column

The following example adds 30 days to each date in November that exists in the DATE table.

select dateadd(day,30,caldate) as novplus30 from date where month='NOV' order by dateid; novplus30 --------------------- 2008-12-01 00:00:00 2008-12-02 00:00:00 2008-12-03 00:00:00 ... (30 rows)

The following example adds 18 months to a literal date value.

select dateadd(month,18,'2008-02-28'); date_add --------------------- 2009-08-28 00:00:00 (1 row)

The default column name for a DATEADD function is DATE_ADD. The default timestamp for a date value is 00:00:00.

The following example adds 30 minutes to a date value that doesn't specify a timestamp.

select dateadd(m,30,'2008-02-28'); date_add --------------------- 2008-02-28 00:30:00 (1 row)

You can name date parts in full or abbreviate them. In this case, m stands for minutes, not months.

Examples with a TIME column

The following example table TIME_TEST has a column TIME_VAL (type TIME) with three values inserted.

select time_val from time_test; time_val --------------------- 20:00:00 00:00:00.5550 00:58:00

The following example adds 5 minutes to each TIME_VAL in the TIME_TEST table.

select dateadd(minute,5,time_val) as minplus5 from time_test; minplus5 --------------- 20:05:00 00:05:00.5550 01:03:00

The following example adds 8 hours to a literal time value.

select dateadd(hour, 8, time '13:24:55'); date_add --------------- 21:24:55

The following example shows when a time goes over 24:00:00 or under 00:00:00.

select dateadd(hour, 12, time '13:24:55'); date_add --------------- 01:24:55

Examples with a TIMETZ column

The output values in these examples are in UTC which is the default timezone.

The following example table TIMETZ_TEST has a column TIMETZ_VAL (type TIMETZ) with three values inserted.

select timetz_val from timetz_test; timetz_val ------------------ 04:00:00+00 00:00:00.5550+00 05:58:00+00

The following example adds 5 minutes to each TIMETZ_VAL in TIMETZ_TEST table.

select dateadd(minute,5,timetz_val) as minplus5_tz from timetz_test; minplus5_tz --------------- 04:05:00+00 00:05:00.5550+00 06:03:00+00

The following example adds 2 hours to a literal timetz value.

select dateadd(hour, 2, timetz '13:24:55 PST'); date_add --------------- 23:24:55+00

Usage notes

The DATEADD(month, ...) and ADD_MONTHS functions handle dates that fall at the ends of months differently:

  • ADD_MONTHS: If the date you are adding to is the last day of the month, the result is always the last day of the result month, regardless of the length of the month. For example, April 30 + 1 month is May 31.

    select add_months('2008-04-30',1); add_months --------------------- 2008-05-31 00:00:00 (1 row)
  • DATEADD: If there are fewer days in the date you are adding to than in the result month, the result is the corresponding day of the result month, not the last day of that month. For example, April 30 + 1 month is May 30.

    select dateadd(month,1,'2008-04-30'); date_add --------------------- 2008-05-30 00:00:00 (1 row)

The DATEADD function handles the leap year date 02-29 differently when using dateadd(month, 12,…) or dateadd(year, 1, …).

select dateadd(month,12,'2016-02-29'); date_add --------------------- 2017-02-28 00:00:00 select dateadd(year, 1, '2016-02-29'); date_add --------------------- 2017-03-01 00:00:00