Displaying dates to the user is a common task you will do repeatidly. Like most languages, R provides us with date formatting options. In this article, we will learn how to convert a date to a string.
To convert a date to a string, we have two methods. We can use the
as.character method or the
format method. The format method allows use to sepecify a date format and is more useful in general.
today = Sys.Date() as.character(today) #  "2021-04-24"
We see that the
as.character method givues us a default formatted date string. The
format method does the same thing unless we pass a format string to the named parameter.
today = Sys.Date() format(today) #  "2021-04-24" format(today, format = "%m/%d/%Y") #  "04/24/2021"