How to Convert Timestamp to Datetime in Pandas


You can use the following basic syntax to convert a timestamp to a datetime in a pandas DataFrame:

timestamp.to_pydatetime()

The following examples show how to use this function in practice.

Example 1: Convert a Single Timestamp to a Datetime

The following code shows how to convert a single timestamp to a datetime:

#define timestamp
stamp = pd.Timestamp('2021-01-01 00:00:00')

#convert timestamp to datetime
stamp.to_pydatetime()

datetime.datetime(2021, 1, 1, 0, 0)

Example 2: Convert an Array of Timestamps to Datetimes

The following code shows how to convert an array of timestamps to a datetime:

#define array of timestamps
stamps = pd.date_range(start='2020-01-01 12:00:00', periods=6, freq='H')

#view array of timestamps
stamps

DatetimeIndex(['2020-01-01 12:00:00', '2020-01-01 13:00:00',
               '2020-01-01 14:00:00', '2020-01-01 15:00:00',
               '2020-01-01 16:00:00', '2020-01-01 17:00:00'],
              dtype='datetime64[ns]', freq='H')

#convert timestamps to datetimes
stamps.to_pydatetime()

array([datetime.datetime(2020, 1, 1, 12, 0),
       datetime.datetime(2020, 1, 1, 13, 0),
       datetime.datetime(2020, 1, 1, 14, 0),
       datetime.datetime(2020, 1, 1, 15, 0),
       datetime.datetime(2020, 1, 1, 16, 0),
       datetime.datetime(2020, 1, 1, 17, 0)], dtype=object)

Example 3: Convert a Pandas Column of Timestamps to Datetimes

The following code shows how to convert a pandas column of timestamps to datetimes:

import pandas as pd

#create DataFrame
df = pd.DataFrame({'stamps': pd.date_range(start='2020-01-01 12:00:00',
                             periods=6,
                             freq='H'),
                   'sales': [11, 14, 25, 31, 34, 35]})

#convert column of timestamps to datetimes
df.stamps = df.stamps.apply(lambda x: x.date())

#view DataFrame
df

	stamps	        sales
0	2020-01-01	11
1	2020-01-01	14
2	2020-01-01	25
3	2020-01-01	31
4	2020-01-01	34
5	2020-01-01	35

Additional Resources

How to Convert Datetime to Date in Pandas
How to Convert Columns to DateTime in Pandas
How to Sort a Pandas DataFrame by Date

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