MySQL - what is the difference between DATETIME and TIMESTAMP?

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Both DATETIME and TIMESTAMP contain the date and time parts, so can you tell me what's the difference between them?

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There are several differences between DATETIME and TIMESTAMP types.

1. Range:

  • DATETIME supported range is from '1000-01-01 00:00:00' to '9999-12-31 23:59:59',
  • TIMESTAMP supported range is from '1970-01-01 00:00:01' UTC to '2038-01-19 03:14:07' UTC.

2. Usage:

  • TIMESTAMP is generally used to track changes to records, and is often updated every time the record is changed,
  • DATETIME is generally used to store a specific value.


Go to the docummentation to read more about DATETIME and TIMESTAMP types. - Link.

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