The DAYS function is a simple date function that calculates the length of time between two dates. The same result can be arrived at by subtracting two dates: `="7/31/2016"-"6/5/1991"`

. If the start and end dates are rervsed, the function returns a negative number.

Before reading the examples below, ensure you know how dates and times work as a large part of using date functions correctly is understanding what makes up a valid date. If you do not provide a valid date, the formula will error.

## Purpose

The DAYS function returns the number of days between two dates.

## Related functions

DATEDIF – Calculate the length of time between two dates. Use this for a more flexible alternative.

MINUS – Subtract one value from another. You can use this function with dates.

NETWORKDAYS – Calculates the number of **work**days between two dates.

NETWORKDAYS.INTL – Calculates the number of **work**days between two dates. NETWORKDAYS.INTL can exclude holidays if you provide them. This function is a more flexible version of NETWORKDAYS.

## Errors

`#NUM` – The inputs are numbers but are not valid dates. If you used the 35th day of November, “11/352018”, your dates would be invalid.

`#VALUE!` – The inputs don’t convert to a number such as “The other day” or “Yester-yester-day”.

## Syntax

`=DAYS(end_date,start_date)`

Note that, for some reason, the function wants the ending date first, then the starting date.

## Video Explanation

## Examples

Below are a few simple examples of the function being used in a spreadsheet.

Formula | Description | Result |

`=DAYS("7/31/2017","7/30/2016")` | Number of days between 7/30/2016 and 7/31/2017 | 366 |

`=DAYS("1/7/2020","12/5/2015")` | Number of days between 12/5/2015 and 1/7/2020 | 1,494 |

`=DAYS(C3,"2/9/1994")` | Number of days between 3/5/2001 (assuming that the value was in C3) and 2/9/1994 | -2,581 |

### Live examples in Sheets

Go to this spreadsheet for examples of the DAYS function that you can study and use anywhere you would like.