CURDATE( )

This MySQL function returns the current system date in yyyy-mm-dd format.

Syntax

Below is the syntax for this command. Text within square brackets (i.e, [ and ] ) are optional. Choices are separated by bars (i.e, | ). Ellipses preceded by a comma indicates a repeating pattern. Ellipses before or after syntax are used to highlight a relevant except from the larger syntax. Text displayed in italic letters represent text that should be replaced with the specific names related to the database (e.g., column with the name of the column).

CURDATE( )

Explanation

This function returns the current system date in yyyy-mm-dd format. It will return the date in a yyyymmdd format, in a numeric format if it's used as part of a numeric calculation (see example). You can use the function in SELECT statements as shown here, in INSERT and UPDATE statements to set a value, or in a WHERE clause. CURDATE() is synonymous with CURRENT_DATE(); see its definition for more details.

SELECT CURDATE() AS Today,
CURDATE() + 1 AS Tomorrow;

+------------+----------+
| Today      | Tomorrow |
+------------+----------+
| 2007-01-15 | 20070116 |
+------------+----------+

Because the second use of the function here involves a numeric calculation, tomorrow's date is displayed without dashes. If you only want to convert a date to the numeric format, just add 0. To keep the format the same, use this function together with a function such as ADDDATE( )