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