Python – Convert Pandas Column to DateTime


I have one field in a pandas DataFrame that was imported as string format.
It should be a datetime variable.
How do I convert it to a datetime column and then filter based on date.


  • DataFrame Name: raw_data
  • Column Name: Mycol
  • Value
    Format in Column: '05SEP2014:00:00:00.000'

Best Solution

Use the to_datetime function, specifying a format to match your data.

raw_data['Mycol'] =  pd.to_datetime(raw_data['Mycol'], format='%d%b%Y:%H:%M:%S.%f')