TO_TIMESTAMP Function | Data Types and Literals | Teradata Vantage - 17.10 - TO_TIMESTAMP - Advanced SQL Engine - Teradata Database

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Advanced SQL Engine
Teradata Database
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July 2021
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Converts string_expr or integer_expr to a TIMESTAMP data type.

TO_TIMESTAMP is an overloaded scalar function whose return value data type is TIMESTAMP(6).

ANSI Compliance

This statement is a Teradata extension to the ANSI SQL:2011 standard.


[TD_SYSFNLIB.] TO_TIMESTAMP ( { string_expr, format_arg | integer } )

Syntax Elements

Name of the database where the function is located.

A character argument.

If the conversion fails, TO_TIMESTAMP returns an error.


A character expression.

format_arg is a data format specifying the format of string_expr.

For valid format_arg values, see TO_DATE.

Any fractional seconds that are specified beyond 6 digits are truncated.

If format_arg is omitted, TO_TIMESTAMP uses a default timestamp format of YYYY-MM-DD HH24:MI:SS.FF6.

If this syntax element is NULL, NULL is returned.

If this syntax element is not valid, an error is returned.


a number argument.

POSIX epoch conversion is implicit in the TO_TIMESTAMP function when integer_expr is passed to the function.

POSIX epoch is the number of seconds that have elapsed since midnight Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) of January 1, 1970.