Mysql: Setup the format of DATETIME to 'DD-MM-YYYY HH:MM:SS' when creating a table


After googling around, I cannot find a way to create a new table with a DATETIME column with the default format set to 'DD-MM-YYYY HH:MM:SS'

I saw a tutorial in which it was done in phpmyadmin so I suspect that I could use mysql via command line and achieve the same thing when creating my new table with


Thank you in advance

This question is tagged with mysql datetime command-line format create-table

~ Asked on 2011-12-01 07:50:46

The Best Answer is


"MySQL retrieves and displays DATETIME values in 'YYYY-MM-DD HH:MM:SS' format." This is from mysql site. You can store only this type, but you can use one of the many time format functions to change it, when you need to display it.

Mysql Time and Date functions

For example, one of those functions is the DATE_FORMAT, which can be used like so:

SELECT DATE_FORMAT(column_name, '%m/%d/%Y %H:%i') FROM tablename

~ Answered on 2011-12-01 08:01:05


Use DATE_FORMAT function to change the format.


SELECT DATE_FORMAT(column_name, '%d/%m/%Y') FROM tablename

Refer DOC for more details

~ Answered on 2011-12-01 07:52:22

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