Sql – Getting results between two dates in PostgreSQL

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I have the following table:

+-----------+-----------+------------+----------+
| id        | user_id   | start_date | end_date |
| (integer) | (integer) | (date)     | (date)   |
+-----------+-----------+------------+----------+

Fields start_date and end_date are holding date values like YYYY-MM-DD.

An entry from this table can look like this: (1, 120, 2012-04-09, 2012-04-13).

I have to write a query that can fetch all the results matching a certain period.

The problem is that if I want to fetch results from 2012-01-01 to 2012-04-12, I get 0 results even though there is an entry with start_date = "2012-04-09" and end_date = "2012-04-13".

Best Solution

 SELECT *
   FROM mytable
  WHERE (start_date, end_date) OVERLAPS ('2012-01-01'::DATE, '2012-04-12'::DATE);

Datetime functions is the relevant section in the docs.