How to change the MySQL timezone

When you develop your website, you may have to compare a certain date/time with the current date/time on the server.

The timezone on servers is CST. This is a global setting which cannot be changed.

You can, however, use an easy workaround if you wish to use a different timezone - you can modify the return of the MySQL NOW() function.

Let's take a look at the most standard query for selecting the current date/time:


If you want to add 2 hours to the result, you can use the following syntax:


In a similar way, if you want to subtract 2 hours from the server timezone, you can use this query:


Using DATE_SUB and DATE_ADD, you can modify the query result to fit your specific needs.
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