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MySQL Tutorial - Converting Character Strings to Dates

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How To Convert Character Strings to Dates?

If you have a character string that represents a date, and you want to convert it into a date value, you can use the STR_TO_DATE(string, format) function. STR_TO_DATE() shares the same formatting codes with DATE_FORMAT() function. The tutorial exercise below shows you some good examples:

SELECT STR_TO_DATE('Friday, January 31, 1997', 
   '%W, %M %e, %Y') FROM DUAL;
   1997-01-31

SELECT STR_TO_DATE('Friday, January 31, 1997, 09:26:50 AM',
   '%W, %M %e, %Y, %h:%i:%s %p') FROM DUAL;
   1997-01-31 09:26:50

SELECT STR_TO_DATE('31-Jan-1997 09:26:50.000123', 
   '%d-%b-%Y %H:%i:%s.%f') FROM DUAL;
   1997-01-31 09:26:50.000123

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  1. What Are Date and Time Data Types?
  2. How To Write Date and Time Literals?
  3. How To Enter Microseconds in SQL Statements?
  4. How To Convert Dates to Character Strings?
  5. How To Convert Character Strings to Dates?
  6. What Are Date and Time Intervals?
  7. How To Increment Dates by 1?
  8. How To Decrement Dates by 1?
  9. How To Calculate the Difference between Two Dates?
  10. How To Calculate the Difference between Two Time Values?
  11. How To Present a Past Time in Hours, Minutes and Seconds?
  12. How To Extract a Unit Value from a Date and Time?
  13. What Are Date and Time Functions?
  14. What Is TIMESTAMP Data Type?
  15. How Many Ways to Get the Current Time?

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