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Create aliases for Postgres functions

ClickHouse lets you create custom functions out of SQL statements. You can use this feature to re-create well-known functions from other RDBMS systems, such as Postgres.

For example, here is a basic implementation of the to_char Postgres function, in this case, partially supporting DateTime formatting.

CREATE FUNCTION to_char AS (date_expression, format) -> formatDateTime(date_expression, multiIf(format = 'YYYYMM', '%Y%m', 'Error: non supported format'))


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You can now use the to_char function in your SQL in ClickHouse, just like you would in Postgres.

SELECT to_char(now(), 'YYYYMM') AS formatted_date


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