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Converting a DataFrame column of strings to datetime in Pandas

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To convert a DataFrame column of strings to datetime, use Pandas to_datetime(~) method.

Example

Consider the following DataFrame:

df = pd.DataFrame({"A":["2020/12/25","2020/12/26"]})
df
   A
0  2020/12/25
1  2020/12/26

Here, column A of type string. To convert the date strings to actual datetime:

df["A"] = pd.to_datetime(df["A"])
A datetime64[ns]
dtype: object

Note that pd.to_datetime(~) is preferred over DataFrame.astype(~) since the former has more parameters to customize how the dates are to be converted.

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