How to Convert Date to Character in R

Here are two ways to convert Date to Character in R:

  1. Using as.character()
  2. Using format()

Method 1: Using as.character()

Method 1 - Using as.character()

dates <- c("11/20/80", "11/20/91", "11/20/1993", "09/10/93")
dt <- as.Date(dates, "%m/%d/%y")

strDates <- as.character(dt)


[1] "1980-11-20"  "1991-11-20"  "2019-11-20"  "1993-09-10"

Method 2: Using format()

If you need to format the date in a specific way during the conversion, you can use the format() function

Method 2 - Using format()

today <- Sys.Date()

format(Sys.Date(), format = "%d %B, %Y")

format(Sys.Date(), format = "Today is a %A!")


[1] "24 May, 2023"
[1] "Today is a Wednesday!"

You can see that we get the date in the character format.

When using format(), it’s essential to specify the desired format correctly.

The formatting strings like %Y for year, %m for month, and %d for day are standard.

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