UTCTODAY DAX Function (Date and Time)

Returns the current date in datetime format expressed in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC).

Syntax

UTCTODAY ( )

This expression has no parameters.

Return values

Scalar A single datetime value.

Current UTC date.

Remarks

The time returned is always 12:00:00 AM and only the date is updated.

The result of the UTCTODAY function changes only when the column that contains the formula is refreshed. It is not updated continuously.

The UTCNOW function returns also the current time.

» 3 related functions

Examples

--  TODAY returns today, as a date. NOW also includes the time
--  UTCTODAY and UTCNOW return today using UTC standard.
--  The timezone is the timezone of the server running DAX, your
--  PC when executed in Power BI Desktop.
--
--  The Power BI Service alwyas uses UTC. 
--  Therefore, no daylight saving applies.
--  
--  Keep in mind that DAX.do caches query results, so you will not see
--  an updated result if you try this query without making any change.
EVALUATE
{ 
    ( "TODAY", TODAY () ),
    ( "UTCTODAY", UTCTODAY () ),
    ( "NOW", NOW () ),
    ( "UTC NOW", UTCNOW () )
}
Value1 Value2
TODAY 2021-02-26 00:00:00
UTCTODAY 2021-02-26 00:00:00
NOW 2021-02-26 10:31:35.75
UTC NOW 2021-02-26 10:31:35.75
--  Compute the difference in days and hours between 
--  current time zone and UTC.
EVALUATE
VAR DaysFromUTC = INT ( TODAY () - UTCTODAY () )
VAR HoursFromUTC = ( NOW () - UTCNOW () ) * 24
RETURN
{ 
    ( "Days from UTC: ",  DaysFromUTC  ),
    ( "Hours from UTC: ",  HoursFromUTC)
}
--  Example of using math over dates to compute 
--  the age of the customers
--  by subtracting from TODAY the order date
--
--  Keep in mind that DAX.do caches query results, so you will not see
--  an updated result if you try this query without making any change.
EVALUATE
ADDCOLUMNS ( 
    TOPN ( 10, ALL ( Customer[Name], Customer[Birth Date] ) ),
    "Customer Age", 
    VAR Age = TODAY () - Customer[Birth Date]
    VAR AgeYears = YEAR ( Age ) - 1900
    VAR AgeMonths = MONTH ( Age )
    RETURN
        FORMAT ( AgeYears, "0" ) & " years and " & FORMAT ( AgeMonths, "0" ) & " months" 
    )
ORDER BY Customer[Birth Date] DESC
Name Birth Date Customer Age
Anderson, Chloe 1979-10-25 41 years and 5 months
Russell, Jennifer 1978-12-18 42 years and 3 months
Xie, Russell 1978-09-17 42 years and 6 months
Morris, Isabella 1978-09-07 42 years and 6 months
Carter, Amanda 1977-10-16 43 years and 5 months
Alexander, Seth 1977-09-21 43 years and 6 months
Lopez, Sophia 1977-07-13 43 years and 8 months
Simmons, Nathan 1976-02-24 45 years and 1 months
Garcia, Joseph 1975-08-17 45 years and 7 months
Green, Gabriel 1975-04-05 45 years and 11 months

Related functions

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Last update: Apr 2, 2021   » Contribute   » Show contributors

Contributors: Alberto Ferrari, Marco Russo

Microsoft documentation: https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/dax/utctoday-function-dax

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Context Transition

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Row Context

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Iterator

Not recommended

The use of this function is not recommended. See Remarks and Related functions for alternatives.

Not recommended

The use of this parameter is not recommended.

Deprecated

This function is deprecated. Jump to the Alternatives section to see the function to use.

Deprecated

This parameter is deprecated and its use is not recommended.

DirectQuery compatibility

Limitations are placed on DAX expressions allowed in measures and calculated columns.
The state below shows the DirectQuery compatibility of the DAX function.

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