now returns the current datetime using your Metabase report timezone.

Creating conditional logic using the current date or time

Let’s say you have some project data, and you want to add a status column for each task. We’ll assume today’s date and time is November 22, 2022, 12:00:00.

Task Start Deadline Status
Draft November 1, 2022, 12:00:00 November 30, 2022, 12:00:00 In progress
Review November 15, 2022, 12:00:00 November 19, 2022, 12:00:00 Needs extension
Edit November 22, 2022, 12:00:00 November 22, 2022, 12:00:00 DUE RIGHT NOW!

To mark a task in progress, you’d use the expression:

now >= [Start] AND now < [Deadline] 

To check if you need to ask for an extension:

now >= [Start] AND now >= [Deadline]

If you’re looking for an adrenaline rush (and you have real-time data), you can flag the tasks that are due right this second:

now = [Deadline]

To set up the Status column that combines all three situations above, you’d wrap everything in a case expression:

case(now >= [Start] AND now < [Deadline], "In progress",
     now >= [Start] AND now >= [Deadline], "Needs extension",
     now = [Deadline], "DUE RIGHT NOW!")

Data types

Data type Returned by now

now returns a timestamp with time zone if time zones are supported by your database, otherwise now returns a timestamp without time zone.

For more info about the way these data types behave in Metabase, see Timezones.


now might not actually be now (in your local time) if you don’t live in the same timezone as your Metabase report time zone.

If you need to compare now to a column in a different time zone, use convertTimezone to shift both columns into the same time zone. For example:

convertTimezone(now, 'UTC', <report timezone>) >= convertTimezone([Deadline], 'UTC', <source time zone>)

Different ways to do the same thing, because while you’d love to use custom expressions more, now’s just not the time.


When you run a question using the query builder, Metabase will convert your query builder settings (filters, summaries, etc.) into a SQL query, and run that query against your database to get your results.

By default, now uses your Metabase’s report time zone. If your admin hasn’t set a report time zone, now will use your database’s time zone.

Say you’re using a Postgres database. If your Metabase report time zone is set to EST, you’ll get now in EST:


If you don’t have a report time zone, you’ll get now in the Postgres database’s time zone (typically UTC):



The spreadsheet function NOW() gets the current date and time in your operating system’s time zone (the time that’s on your computer or mobile device).


You can use using the pandas module. This will give you a Timestamp object with the current date and time in your operating system’s time zone.

Further reading

Read docs for other versions of Metabase.

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