ClickHouse transforms operators to their corresponding functions at the query parsing stage according to their priority, precedence, and associativity.

Access Operators 

a[N] – Access to an element of an array. The arrayElement(a, N) function.

a.N – Access to a tuple element. The tupleElement(a, N) function.

Numeric Negation Operator 

-a – The negate (a) function.

Multiplication and Division Operators 

a * b – The multiply (a, b) function.

a / b – The divide(a, b) function.

a % b – The modulo(a, b) function.

Addition and Subtraction Operators 

a + b – The plus(a, b) function.

a - b – The minus(a, b) function.

Comparison Operators 

a = b – The equals(a, b) function.

a == b – The equals(a, b) function.

a != b – The notEquals(a, b) function.

a <> b – The notEquals(a, b) function.

a <= b – The lessOrEquals(a, b) function.

a >= b – The greaterOrEquals(a, b) function.

a < b – The less(a, b) function.

a > b – The greater(a, b) function.

a LIKE s – The like(a, b) function.

a NOT LIKE s – The notLike(a, b) function.

a ILIKE s – The ilike(a, b) function.

a BETWEEN b AND c – The same as a >= b AND a <= c.

a NOT BETWEEN b AND c – The same as a < b OR a > c.

Operators for Working with Data Sets 

See IN operators.

a IN ... – The in(a, b) function.

a NOT IN ... – The notIn(a, b) function.

a GLOBAL IN ... – The globalIn(a, b) function.

a GLOBAL NOT IN ... – The globalNotIn(a, b) function.

Operators for Working with Dates and Times 


EXTRACT(part FROM date);

Extract parts from a given date. For example, you can retrieve a month from a given date, or a second from a time.

The part parameter specifies which part of the date to retrieve. The following values are available:

  • DAY — The day of the month. Possible values: 1–31.
  • MONTH — The number of a month. Possible values: 1–12.
  • YEAR — The year.
  • SECOND — The second. Possible values: 0–59.
  • MINUTE — The minute. Possible values: 0–59.
  • HOUR — The hour. Possible values: 0–23.

The part parameter is case-insensitive.

The date parameter specifies the date or the time to process. Either Date or DateTime type is supported.


SELECT EXTRACT(DAY FROM toDate('2017-06-15'));
SELECT EXTRACT(MONTH FROM toDate('2017-06-15'));
SELECT EXTRACT(YEAR FROM toDate('2017-06-15'));

In the following example we create a table and insert into it a value with the DateTime type.

CREATE TABLE test.Orders
    OrderId UInt64,
    OrderName String,
    OrderDate DateTime
INSERT INTO test.Orders VALUES (1, 'Jarlsberg Cheese', toDateTime('2008-10-11 13:23:44'));
    toYear(OrderDate) AS OrderYear,
    toMonth(OrderDate) AS OrderMonth,
    toDayOfMonth(OrderDate) AS OrderDay,
    toHour(OrderDate) AS OrderHour,
    toMinute(OrderDate) AS OrderMinute,
    toSecond(OrderDate) AS OrderSecond
FROM test.Orders;
│      2008 │         10 │       11 │        13 │          23 │          44 │

You can see more examples in tests.


Creates an Interval-type value that should be used in arithmetical operations with Date and DateTime-type values.

Types of intervals:


SELECT now() AS current_date_time, current_date_time + INTERVAL 4 DAY + INTERVAL 3 HOUR
┌───current_date_time─┬─plus(plus(now(), toIntervalDay(4)), toIntervalHour(3))─┐
│ 2019-10-23 11:16:28 │                                    2019-10-27 14:16:28 │

See Also

Logical Negation Operator 

NOT a – The not(a) function.

Logical AND Operator 

a AND b – Theand(a, b) function.

Logical OR Operator 

a OR b – The or(a, b) function.

Conditional Operator 

a ? b : c – The if(a, b, c) function.


The conditional operator calculates the values of b and c, then checks whether condition a is met, and then returns the corresponding value. If b or C is an arrayJoin() function, each row will be replicated regardless of the “a” condition.

Conditional Expression 

CASE [x]
    WHEN a THEN b
    [WHEN ... THEN ...]
    [ELSE c]

If x is specified, then transform(x, [a, ...], [b, ...], c) function is used. Otherwise – multiIf(a, b, ..., c).

If there is no ELSE c clause in the expression, the default value is NULL.

The transform function does not work with NULL.

Concatenation Operator 

s1 || s2 – The concat(s1, s2) function.

Lambda Creation Operator 

x -> expr – The lambda(x, expr) function.

The following operators do not have a priority since they are brackets:

Array Creation Operator 

[x1, ...] – The array(x1, ...) function.

Tuple Creation Operator 

(x1, x2, ...) – The tuple(x2, x2, ...) function.


All binary operators have left associativity. For example, 1 + 2 + 3 is transformed to plus(plus(1, 2), 3).
Sometimes this doesn’t work the way you expect. For example, SELECT 4 > 2 > 3 will result in 0.

For efficiency, the and and or functions accept any number of arguments. The corresponding chains of AND and OR operators are transformed into a single call of these functions.

Checking for NULL 

ClickHouse supports the IS NULL and IS NOT NULL operators.


  • For Nullable type values, the IS NULL operator returns:
    • 1, if the value is NULL.
    • 0 otherwise.
  • For other values, the IS NULL operator always returns 0.
┌─plus(x, 100)─┐
│          101 │


  • For Nullable type values, the IS NOT NULL operator returns:
    • 0, if the value is NULL.
    • 1 otherwise.
  • For other values, the IS NOT NULL operator always returns 1.
│ 2 │ 3 │

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