Convert input datetime string to datetime data type, using the first format that matches the string.


ParseDate(datetime_string, format_string_1, ..., format_string_n)


datetime_string - datetime value in a string expression in a custom format 

format_string_[1..N] - format of the custom string. See below for formatting information.

Format strings

Symbol Meaning Presentation Examples
G era text AD
C century of era (>=0) number 20
Y year of era (>=0) year 1996
x weekyear year 1996
w week of weekyear number 27
e day of week number 2
E day of week text Tuesday; Tue
y year year 1996
D day of year number 189
M month of year month July; Jul; 07
d day of month number 10
a halfday of day text PM
K hour of halfday (0~11) number 0
h clockhour of halfday (1~12) number 12
H hour of day (0~23) number 0
k clockhour of day (1~24) number 24
m minute of hour number 30
s second of minute number 55
S fraction of second number 978
z time zone text Pacific Standard Time; PST
Z time zone offset/id zone -0800; -08:00; America/Los_Angeles
\' escape character for a-z/A-Z T
\'\' single quote literal single quote '

Based on


ParseDate('2015-05-02','dd/MM/yyyy','yyyy-MM-dd') returns a datetime expression 2015-05-02T00:00:00Z
ParseDate('Hi!','dd/MM/yyyy','yyyy-MM-dd') returns a datetime null expression.

Return value datatype


Impact of null value

If custom_string is null, null is returned.
If format strings are null, an exception is raised.
If no format matches the input string, null is returned.

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