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SSIS Expression for appending Datetime to the file

Jan 31 2013 12:00AM by Divya Agrawal Shah   

On of the many requirements in SSIS projects, is to append a Date and Time part to the file name which has to be uploaded. I have faced similar requirement many a times, and almost every time I struggle to create an expression to convert the Date and time value to the integer format and append to the file. This blog will prove really handy in such requirements.

I have a variable named “CurrentDate” which will take the Current System Date and store in it. We can achieve this using an Execute SqL Task with Single Row Result Set and map the Output paramert as Current Date.




We will use this variable CurrentDate in our expression to generate the Date and Time part.

Define a new User Variable “ExecutionDateStr”. Select the properties of the variable, Set Evaluate as Expression as True. Select the Expression  and open the Expression builder, paste the below expression:

(DT_STR,4,1252) DatePart("yyyy", @[User::CurrentDate]) +"" +
Right("0" + (DT_STR,4,1252) DatePart("m",@[User::CurrentDate]),2) +""+Right("0" +(DT_STR,4,1252) DatePart("d",@[User::CurrentDate]),2)+"_"+

Right("0" + (DT_STR,4,1252) DatePart("hh",@[User::CurrentDate]),2) +"" +
Right("0" + (DT_STR,4,1252) DatePart("n",@[User::CurrentDate]),2)  +"" +
Right("0" + (DT_STR,4,1252) DatePart("s",@[User::CurrentDate]),2)




Evaluate Expression, and you will find the evaluated value as 20130131_181024.

The part before underscore is Date and after that is Time part. All this converted into 112 date format for the ease of understanding.

Now, append this variable everywhere in your filename and your filename is ready to go.

Tags: SSIS, Expression, Date, time, filename, append

Divya Agrawal Shah
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  • Hi Divya,

    Really it will use full while handling the Staging Situations.The Data Type of the First Variable CurrentDate Is DateTime and ExecutionDateStr Data Type is String i hope


    commented on Feb 1 2013 5:50AM
    Bala Krishna
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  • Correct, the data types are DateTime and string for CurrentDate and ExecutionDateStr. Thanks for pointing.

    commented on Feb 1 2013 6:57AM
    Divya Agrawal Shah
    89 · 2% · 629
  • One thing to add in this, I am taking the CurrentDate variable, as i have to create many files having the same date. This is to keep the date part unique in all files. If in your project, you have a single file, you can ignore CurrentDate variable and use "Getdate()" instead of it in ExecutionDateStr variable.

    commented on Feb 1 2013 6:59AM
    Divya Agrawal Shah
    89 · 2% · 629
  • Thanks For Your reply,

    commented on Feb 1 2013 10:41AM
    Bala Krishna
    84 · 2% · 676
  • Hi Divya,

    Why don't you build needed Date and Time string in T-SQL when you Execute SqL Task ?

    Thanks. Leonid

    commented on Feb 4 2013 12:27PM
    Leonid Koyfman
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  • Hi Leonid,

    Your right we can get the result through T-SQL as well. See the following code


    Then we can store it in a variable


    commented on Feb 5 2013 1:16AM
    Bala Krishna
    84 · 2% · 676
  • Yes, we can definitely use Execute SQL task, however many a times we face situation like, we have the Date Range like FromDate and ToDate user Variables and we need to convert those variables into string format and pass to the SQL Command as variable. I have faced a similar situation. In this case we will normally avoid a round trip to SQL Server and get the calculation done, rather we can use an SSIS expression.

    commented on Feb 5 2013 2:33AM
    Divya Agrawal Shah
    89 · 2% · 629

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