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quartername - script and chart function

This function returns a display value showing the months of the quarter (formatted according to the MonthNames script variable) and year with an underlying numeric value corresponding to a timestamp of the first millisecond of the first day of the quarter.


QuarterName(date[, period_no[, first_month_of_year]])

Return data type: dual

Diagram of quartername() function

Example diagram showing how the quartername function converts an input date into a range of months contained in the quarter in which date occurs.

The quartername() function determines which quarter the date falls into. It then returns a value showing the start-end months of this quarter as well as the year. The underlying numeric value of this result is the first millisecond of the quarter.

Argument Description
date The date or timestamp to evaluate.
period_no period_no is an integer, where the value 0 indicates the quarter which contains date. Negative values in period_no indicate preceding quarters and positive values indicate succeeding quarters.
first_month_of_year If you want to work with (fiscal) years not starting in January, indicate a value between 2 and 12 in first_month_of_year.

When to use it

The quartername() function is useful when you would like to compare aggregations by quarter. For example, if you would like to see the total sales of products by quarter.

This function could be used in the load script to create a field in a Master Calendar table. Alternatively, it could be used directly in a chart as a calculated dimension.

These examples use the date format MM/DD/YYYY. The date format is specified in the SET DateFormat statement at the top of your data load script. Change the format in the examples to suit your requirements.

Function examples
Example Result
quartername('10/29/2013') Returns Oct-Dec 2013.
quartername('10/29/2013', -1) Returns Jul-Sep 2013.
quartername('10/29/2013', 0, 3) Returns Sep-Nov 2013.

Regional settings

Unless otherwise specified, the examples in this topic use the following date format: MM/DD/YYYY. The date format is specified in the SET DateFormat statement in your data load script. The default date formatting may be different in your system, due to your regional settings and other factors. You can change the formats in the examples below to suit your requirements. Or you can change the formats in your load script to match these examples.

Default regional settings in apps are based on the regional system settings of the computer or server where Qlik Sense is installed. If the Qlik Sense server you are accessing is set to Sweden, the Data load editor will use Swedish regional settings for dates, time, and currency. These regional format settings are not related to the language displayed in the Qlik Sense user interface. Qlik Sense will be displayed in the same language as the browser you are using.

Example 1 – date with no additional arguments

Example 2 – date with period_no argument

Example 3 – date with first_week_day argument

Example 4 – Chart object example

Example 5 – Scenario

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