Russell C. Russell C. - 5 months ago 17
MySQL Question

MySQL query for current GMT time

This sounds simple enough but I haven't been able to figure out how to use a simple SELECT statement to return the current time in GMT.

I have been trying to use CONVERT_TZ() to convert NOW() to GMT based on the server time zone and the GMT time zone but for some reason it returns NULL when I put in the text time zones. The only way I get a result is to actually put in the offsets which is getting way too complicated for what should be a really simple operation. Here is what I mean:

mysql> SELECT CONVERT_TZ(NOW(),@@global.system_time_zone,'GMT');
NULL

mysql> SELECT CONVERT_TZ(NOW(),'PST','GMT');
NULL

mysql> SELECT CONVERT_TZ(NOW(),'-08:00','+00:00');
2010-02-13 18:28:22


All I need is a simple query to return the current time in GMT. Thanks in advance for your help!

Answer

this should work, but with

SELECT CONVERT_TZ(NOW(),'PST','GMT');

i got also NULL as result. funny enough the example in the mysql docu also returns null

SELECT CONVERT_TZ('2004-01-01 12:00:00','GMT','MET');

http://dev.mysql.com/doc/refman/5.1/en/date-and-time-functions.html#function_convert-tz seems you found a bug in mysql. (thanks to +Stephen Pritchard)

you could try:

SET @OLD_TIME_ZONE=@@TIME_ZONE;
SET TIME_ZONE='+00:00';
SELECT NOW();
SET TIME_ZONE=@OLD_TIME_ZONE;

ok is not exactly what you wanted (its 4 queries, but only one select :-)

or you use UTC (doesnt get affected with daylight savings time)

SELECT UTC_TIMESTAMP();