MySQL date/time FAQ: How do I create a field in a MySQL database table that will default to the current date and time whenever a new record is inserted into my table?
Answer: Just define the field in your table as a
timestamp field, and combine that with the
default keyword and the MySQL
now() function when you define this field in your database table.
The syntax for creating a MySQL timestamp field that defaults to the current date and time when creating a new database table looks like this:
event_time timestamp not null default now()
A complete MySQL current date time default example
To put this in a little more perspective, here's the complete DDL for a small MySQL database table whose definition includes a timestamp field that defaults to the current data and time:
drop table if exists file_events; create table file_events ( id int unsigned auto_increment not null, file_id int unsigned not null, event_time timestamp not null default now(), # the field that defaults to "now" primary key(id), constraint foreign key fk_file_events_to_sam_files (file_id) references files(id) on delete cascade ) ENGINE=InnoDB;
event_time field in that table definition shows how to use the MySQL now() function.
See the now() output without creating a table
As a final note, you can see the output of the MySQL now function without creating a database table. Just enter this command from the MySQL command line interface (CLI) to see the current date and time:
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