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How to Get Day Names in PostgreSQL


You want to extract the day of the week from a date in PostgreSQL.

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Solution 1:

To extract the day name from the date, you can use the to_char() function. The first parameter is the date and the second is the desired output format. To extract the full day name, the format should be ‘Day’ :

SELECT to_char(date '2022-01-01', 'Day');

The result is ‘Saturday’.


This is not the only format you can use to extract the day name. Here are some alternatives:

  • DAY’ would return an uppercase name (‘SATURDAY’)
  • day’ would return a lowercase name (‘saturday’)
  • DY’ would return ‘SAT
  • Dy’ would return ‘Sat
  • dy’ would return ‘sat
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You can also extract the day name in other languages. Two adjustments are required to do this:

  1. Setting new locale for times and dates using SET lc_time;
  2. Using the ‘TMDay’ format to enable translation based on lc_time.

Let’s look at an example.

Solution 2:

Let’s extract the day name in German:

set lc_time = 'de_DE';
select to_char(date '2022-01-01', 'TMDay') ;

The result is ‘Samstag’.

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