In this post, we will see the difference between YYYY and RRRR in Oracle SQL. If not already knowing YYYY and RRRR are Date formatting predicates. Actually both of them impact the Year of the date to be presented to the calling program.

The `RR`

DateTime format element is similar to the YY DateTime format element, but it provides additional flexibility for storing date values in other centuries. The RR DateTime format element lets you store 20th-century dates in the 21st century by specifying only the last two digits of the year.

When you use `YYYY`

in the date format code, it returns the current year as 4 digits.

While `RRRR`

format returns the 2-digit years in the range `00`

to `49`

are assumed to be in the *current* century (ie have the same first two digits as the current year), and years given as `50`

through `99`

are assumed to be in the *previous* century.

**Statement from the docs on difference between YYYY and RRRR:**

## RR

Given a year with 2 digits, returns a year in the next century if the year is <50 and the last 2 digits of the current year are >=50; returns a year in the preceding century if the year is >=50 and the last 2 digits of the current year are <50.

## RRRR

RRRR is the year rounded. Accepts either 4-digit or 2-digit input. If 2-digit provides the same return as RR. If you don’t want this functionality, simply enter the 4-digit year.

## YYYY

YYYY is the 4 digit year and when SYYYY is passed with 4-digit year; “S” prefixes BC dates with “-“.

**YYYYYY**

Last 3, 2, or 1 digit(s) of year.

However, if you enter 35, both YY and RR will insert 2035. An important distinction.

## Examples

```
SELECT TO_CHAR(TO_DATE('27-OCT-98', 'DD-MON-RR') ,'YYYY') "Year"
FROM DUAL;
Year
----
1998
SELECT TO_CHAR(TO_DATE('27-OCT-21', 'DD-MON-RR') ,'YYYY') "Year"
FROM DUAL;
Year
----
2021
```

```
select to_char(to_date('01-01-72','dd-mm-yyyy'),'yyyy') Year from dual;
Year
----
0072
select to_char(to_date('01-01-72','dd-mm-rrrr'),'yyyy') Year from dual;
Year
----
1972
```

## Summary

In summary, there are 2 cases of the YEAR when the queries are issued :

### CASE 1: If the specified two-digit year is 00 to 49, then

If the last two digits of the current year are 00 to 49, then the returned year has the same first two digits as the current year.

When the last two digits of the current year are 50 to 99, then the first 2 digits of the returned year are 1 greater than the first 2 digits of the current year.

### CASE 2: If the specified two-digit year is 50 to 99, then

- If the last two digits of the current year are 00 to 49, then the first 2 digits of the returned year are 1 less than the first 2 digits of the current year.
- If the last two digits of the current year are 50 to 99, then the returned year has the same first two digits as the current year.

This oracle link gives some examples

Hope I am able to clear the Difference between yyyy and rrrr and when to use it in your pl SQL programming.

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