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Microsoft SQL Server: Programming FAQ

Date and time Tips and tricks

Converting Seconds to HH:MM:SS Revisited by AlexCuse
Posted: 19 Jan 07 (Edited 6 Aug 07)

As pointed out by a helpful member (and in my estimation date/time wizard) I was going about this all wrong.  The easiest (and IMO best) way to do this is as follows:


create function SecTimeDay (@sec integer)
returns varchar(19)

declare @DayTime varchar(19)

/* Calculate # of days and display if necessary */
Select @DayTime = Case When @Sec >= 86400
                Then Convert(VarChar(5), @Sec/86400)
                + ' days '
                Else ''
/* Add HH:MM:SS to number of days (or ') for output */
       + Convert(VarChar(8), DateAdd(Second, @Sec, 0), 108)

return @DayTime


This function performs much better than the one I initially posted, and it also reports days.

Hope this one is helpful to someone.


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