## Convert character to date

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# Convert character to date

I have a col classified character \$31
Here is example.
2018-04-03:11:26:45:573000000

I use
Data test;
Set test;
Day=substr(left(opendate),1,10);
Format day mmddyy10.;
Run;

I used that b4 the input to convert it.

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‎04-05-2018 11:48 AM
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## Re: Convert character to date

``````data want;
set have;
day=INPUT(SUBSTR(left(opendate),1,10),yymmdd10.);
format day mmddyy10.;
run;
``````
Thanks,
Suryakiran

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## Re: Convert character to date

INPUT() converts and you can try ANYDTDTM. for a datetime

@Gil_ wrote:
I have a col classified character \$31
Here is example.
2018-04-03:11:26:45:573000000

I use
Data test;
Set test;
Day=substr(left(opendate),1,10);
Format day mmddyy10.;
Run;

I used that b4 the input to convert it.

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Posts: 114

## Re: Convert character to date

It converted to number here is code
Data test;
Set test;
Day_=input(day,ANYDTDTM.);
FORMAT DAY_ ANTDTDTM.;
RUN;

The output is this
1838332800
I would need it to look like 04/04/2018
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## Re: Convert character to date

You didn't apply the format correctly and since it's a date time, it creates a date time. You can display it as a date using DTDDMMYY10 or DTDATE9 or convert it using DATEPART() to get the date portion.

@Gil_ wrote:
It converted to number here is code
Data test;
Set test;
DayTime = input(day,ANYDTDTM.);
date = datepart(dayTime);

FORMAT DAY dtdate9. date ddmmyy10.;
RUN;

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‎04-05-2018 11:48 AM
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Posts: 589

## Re: Convert character to date

``````data want;
set have;
day=INPUT(SUBSTR(left(opendate),1,10),yymmdd10.);
format day mmddyy10.;
run;
``````
Thanks,
Suryakiran
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Posts: 6,751

## Re: Convert character to date

Posted in reply to SuryaKiran

Even simpler (the FORMAT statement is still necessary):

day = input(opendate, yymmdd10.);

That assumes your character variable OPENDATE is left-hand-justified.

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## Re: Convert character to date

Thank you
☑ This topic is solved.

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