How to Convert a String to Date in R


One of the most common date tasks you will need to do is to convert a string to date. R provides many standard options for doing this. In this article, we will learn how to convert a string to date.

To convert a string to date, you can use the as.Date method if you string conforms to a build in standard format.


# [1] "2021-04-21"

However, if your date does not confirm to a build in stadard, you will receive and error, or receive some odd results


# [1] "0004-12-20"

In this cases, you will need to specify the date format using the format named parameter.

as.Date("4/12/2021", format = "%m/%d/%Y")

# [1] "2021-04-12"