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Python - convert string to datetime

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In this article, we would like to show you how to convert a string into datetime in Python.

Quick solution:

from datetime import datetime

datetime_object = datetime.strptime('Jun 11 2021  8:35PM', '%b %d %Y %I:%M%p')
print(datetime_object)  # 2021-06-11 20:35:00

Where:

  • %b - abbreviated month name,

  • %d - day of the month (01 to 31),

  • %Y - year including the century,

  • %I - hour (01 to 12),

  • %M - minute

  • %p - either am or pm according to the specified value.

Practical example

In this example, we convert a string into a datetime object with specified format using strptime() method.

from datetime import datetime

date_string = "Jun 11 2021  8:35PM"
date_format = "%b %d %Y %I:%M%p"
datetime_object = datetime.strptime(date_string, date_format)

print(datetime_object)  # 2021-06-11 20:35:00

Output:

2021-06-11 20:35:00

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