For tests proposes, I need to get the current system date. On Oracle we could use:


On SQL SERVER, we can use:


How to query the system date time using SOQL?


  • Question title does not match accepted answer. I want to know the SOQL way too, not the APEX. – Ray Cheng Jun 18 '19 at 18:25
  • Hi @RayCheng, I just posted another answer that might give you another option. – Matheus Goncalves Jun 19 '19 at 19:18

You don't need to use SOQL. You can just create a new DateTime and set it to the current date and time like below

DateTime myDateTime = system.now();

Or if you only want the date, then

Date myDate = system.today();
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    More specifically, SOQL is not SQL. You can't create tables, add indexes, update rows, ad hoc functions, nothing. It's strictly for getting data. I wish the documentation would come right out and say that. – sfdcfox Feb 10 '15 at 18:46
  • @sfdcfox is there a difference in using like: DAY_ONLY(LastModifiedDate) = :System.today() vs DAY_ONLY(LastModifiedDate) = TODAY? and which one is preferred? BTW I'm a big fan of your work here in SFDC SE I've sent you a LinkedIn connection request, will be honored if you let me in your circle of connections, Thanks! – Bahman.A 15 hours ago
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    @Bahman.A The preferred form would be LastModifiedDate = TODAY; unlike SQL, the date literals actually represent a period of time (e.g. midnight to midnight of the current date, adjusted for the user's time zone). All three forms should result in the same filter being applied. – sfdcfox 15 hours ago
  • Is there a reason why those date literals don't work in test classes? I had to replace them with the system.today() in order for my assertion to pass. ex; [select id from contact where DAY_ONLY (LastModifiedDate) = TODAY]; VS [select id from contact where DAY_ONLY (LastModifiedDate) = :System.today()]; First one didn't return any records, while second one did. This is confusing me, Thanks for your help – Bahman.A 15 hours ago
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    @Bahman.A Would need to see your code. I don't see why this should make a difference. Perhaps a new question is in order, rather than flooding poor Chris' notification box? – sfdcfox 15 hours ago

Alternatively, there is a method System.currentTimeMillis() that returns the current time in milliseconds.

From that, you can create a new DateTime with the DateTime.newInstance(Long) method:

Long longtime = System.currenTimeMillis();
DateTime dt = DateTime.newInstance(longtime);
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  • One of those rare times on the SFSE where there are actually two completely different answers. ;) I prefer and use your method. This is just another way. – Peter Knolle Feb 10 '15 at 23:32
  • I use my way more often as well, but I think knowing multiple ways to do things is always helpful. I wasn't aware you could do it this way, love learning new things. Everyday is a school day ;) – Chris Duncombe Feb 10 '15 at 23:39

If you cannot use Apex, and need to use SOQL only, then binding is not allowed. Which means you cannot use system.now();

With that in mind, you can use Date Literals, such as YESTERDAY, TODAY, TOMORROW, and so on.


SELECT CreatedDate FROM Account WHERE CreatedDate <= TODAY
SELECT CreatedDate FROM Account WHERE CreatedDate <= YESTERDAY
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