user1032531 user1032531 - 5 months ago 23
SQL Question

MySQL SELECT WHERE datetime matches day (and not necessarily time)

I have a table which contains a datetime column. I wish to return all records of a given day regardless of the time. Or in other words, if my table only contained the following 4 records, then only the 2nd and 3rd would be returned if I limit to 2012-12-25.

2012-12-24 00:00:00
2012-12-25 00:00:00
2012-12-25 06:00:00
2012-12-26 05:00:00

Answer

NEVER EVER use a selector like DATE(datecolumns) = '2012-12-24' - it is a performance killer:

  • it will calculate DATE() for all rows, including those, that don't match
  • it will make it impossible to use an index for the query

It is much faster to use

SELECT * FROM tablename 
WHERE columname BETWEEN '2012-12-25 00:00:00' AND '2012-12-25 23:59:59'

as this will allow index use without calculation.