I've got a huge list of date-times like this as strings:
Jun 1 2005 1:33PM Aug 28 1999 12:00AM
I'm going to be shoving these back into proper datetime fields in a database so I need to magic them into real datetime objects.
This is going through Django's ORM so I can't use SQL to do the conversion on insert.
datetime.strptime is the main routine for parsing strings into datetimes. It can handle all sorts of formats, with the format determined by a format string you give it:
from datetime import datetime datetime_object = datetime.strptime('Jun 1 2005 1:33PM', '%b %d %Y %I:%M%p')
datetime object is timezone-naive.
strftime.org is also a really nice reference for strftime
strptime= "string parse time"
strftime= "string format time"
Use the third party dateutil library:
from dateutil import parser dt = parser.parse("Aug 28 1999 12:00AM")
It can handle most date formats, including the one you need to parse. It's more convenient than strptime as it can guess the correct format most of the time.
It very useful for writing tests, where readability is more important than performance.
You can install it with:
pip install python-dateutil