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# Converting string into datetime

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We can convert a string containing a date and time into a `datetime` object using the `datetime.strptime(~)` method.

# Converting a date string to a datetime object

``` from datetime import datetime date_string = "19 March, 2020" date_object = datetime.strptime(date_string, "%d %B, %Y") print("date_object =", date_object)print("type of date_object =", type(date_object)) date_object = 2020-03-19 00:00:00type of date_object = <class 'datetime.datetime'> ```

The output clearly shows that `date_object` is a `datetime` object.

# Converting a date and time string to a datetime object

``` from datetime import datetime datetime_object = datetime.strptime('Jan 1 2020 3:50PM', '%b %d %Y %I:%M%p') print("datetime_object =", datetime_object)print("type of datetime_object =", type(datetime_object)) datetime_object = 2020-01-01 15:50:00type of datetime_object = <class 'datetime.datetime'> ```

Note the resulting `datetime` object is timezone-naive.

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