SQL-Developer: How to change the date format of the result grid – “Why does my date column have no time?”

You can decide how SQL-Developer display date and timestamp columns.

  1. Go to the “Tools” menu and open “Preferences…”
  2. In the tree on the left open the “Database” branch and select “NLS”
  3. Now change the entries “Date Format”, “Timestamp Format” and “Timestamp TZ Format” as you wish!

ISO formated output with date and time

  • Date Format: YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS
  • Timestamp Format: YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SSXFF
  • Timestamp TZ Format: YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SSXFF TZR

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The result looks like this:

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German format for date and time

  • Date Format: YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS
  • Timestamp Format: YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SSXFF
  • Timestamp TZ Format: YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SSXFF TZR

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The result looks like this:

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Just choose any format you like.

Date format elements

Element Description
Punctuation and quoted text is reproduced in the result.
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“text”
AD AD indicator with or without periods.
A.D.
AM Meridian indicator with or without periods.
A.M.
BC BC indicator with or without periods.
B.C.
CC Century.
SCC
If the last 2 digits of a 4-digit year are between 01 and 99 (inclusive), then the century is one greater than the first 2 digits of that year.
If the last 2 digits of a 4-digit year are 00, then the century is the same as the first 2 digits of that year.
For example, 2002 returns 21; 2000 returns 20.
D Day of week (1-7). This element depends on the NLS territory of the session.
DAY Name of day.
DD Day of month (1-31).
DDD Day of year (1-366).
DL Returns a value in the long date format, which is an extension of the Oracle Database DATE format, determined by the current value of the NLS_DATE_FORMAT parameter. Makes the appearance of the date components (day name, month number, and so forth) depend on the NLS_TERRITORY and NLS_LANGUAGE parameters. For example, in the AMERICAN_AMERICA locale, this is equivalent to specifying the format ‘fmDay,Monthdd,yyyy’. In the GERMAN_GERMANY locale, it is equivalent to specifying the format ‘fmDay, dd.Month yyyy‘.
Restriction: You can specify this format only with the TS element, separated by white space.
DS Returns a value in the short date format. Makes the appearance of the date components (day name, month number, and so forth) depend on the NLS_TERRITORY and NLS_LANGUAGE parameters. For example, in the AMERICAN_AMERICA locale, this is equivalent to specifying the format ‘MM/DD/RRRR‘. In the ENGLISH_UNITED_KINGDOM locale, it is equivalent to specifying the format ‘DD/MM/RRRR‘.
Restriction: You can specify this format only with the TS element, separated by white space.
DY Abbreviated name of day.
E Abbreviated era name (Japanese Imperial, ROC Official, and Thai Buddha calendars).
EE Full era name (Japanese Imperial, ROC Official, and Thai Buddha calendars).
FF [1..9] Fractional seconds; no radix character is printed. Use the X format element to add the radix character. Use the numbers 1 to 9 after FF to specify the number of digits in the fractional second portion of the datetime value returned. If you do not specify a digit, then Oracle Database uses the precision specified for the datetime data type or the data type’s default precision. Valid in timestamp and interval formats, but not in DATE formats.
Examples: ‘HH:MI:SS.FF’
SELECT TO_CHAR(SYSTIMESTAMP, ‘SS.FF3’) from DUAL;
FM Returns a value with no leading or trailing blanks.
See Also: Additional discussion on this format model modifier in the Oracle Database SQL Language Reference
FX Requires exact matching between the character data and the format model.
See Also: Additional discussion on this format model modifier in the Oracle Database SQL Language Reference
HH Hour of day (1-12).
HH12
HH24 Hour of day (0-23).
IW Week of year (1-52 or 1-53) based on the ISO standard.
IYY Last 3, 2, or 1 digit(s) of ISO year.
IY
I
IYYY 4-digit year based on the ISO standard.
J Julian day; the number of days since January 1, 4712 BC. Number specified with J must be integers.
MI Minute (0-59).
MM Month (01-12; January = 01).
MON Abbreviated name of month.
MONTH Name of month.
PM Meridian indicator with or without periods.
P.M.
Q Quarter of year (1, 2, 3, 4; January – March = 1).
RM Roman numeral month (I-XII; January = I).
RR Lets you store 20th century dates in the 21st century using only two digits.
RRRR Round year. Accepts either 4-digit or 2-digit input. If 2-digit, provides the same return as RR. If you do not want this functionality, then enter the 4-digit year.
SS Second (0-59).
SSSSS Seconds past midnight (0-86399).
TS Returns a value in the short time format. Makes the appearance of the time components (hour, minutes, and so forth) depend on the NLS_TERRITORY and NLS_LANGUAGE initialization parameters.
Restriction: You can specify this format only with the DL or DS element, separated by white space.
TZD Daylight saving information. The TZD value is an abbreviated time zone string with daylight saving information. It must correspond with the region specified in TZR. Valid in timestamp and interval formats, but not in DATE formats.
Example: PST (for US/Pacific standard time); PDT (for US/Pacific daylight time).
TZH Time zone hour. (See TZM format element.) Valid in timestamp and interval formats, but not in DATE formats.
Example: ‘HH:MI:SS.FFTZH:TZM’.
TZM Time zone minute. (See TZH format element.) Valid in timestamp and interval formats, but not in DATE formats.
Example: ‘HH:MI:SS.FFTZH:TZM’.
TZR Time zone region information. The value must be one of the time zone region names supported in the database. Valid in timestamp and interval formats, but not in DATE formats.
Example: US/Pacific
WW Week of year (1-53) where week 1 starts on the first day of the year and continues to the seventh day of the year.
W Week of month (1-5) where week 1 starts on the first day of the month and ends on the seventh.
X Local radix character.
Example: ‘HH:MI:SSXFF’.
Y,YYY Year with comma in this position.
YEAR Year, spelled out; S prefixes BC dates with a minus sign (-).
SYEAR
YYYY 4-digit year; S prefixes BC dates with a minus sign.
SYYYY
YYY Last 3, 2, or 1 digit(s) of year.
YY
Y
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