antone king antone king - 5 months ago 15
Python Question

Parsing a string and converting a date using Python

I am trying to parse this "For The Year Ending December 31, 2015" and convert it to 2015-12-31 using the datetime lib. How would I go about partitioning and then converting the date? My program is looking through an excel file with multiple sheets and combining them into one; however, there is need now to add a date column, but I can only get it write the full value to the cell. So my data column currently has "For The Year Ending December 31, 2015" in all the rows.

Thanks in advance!

Here is the code block that is working now. Thanks all! edited to account for text that could vary.

if rx > (options.startrow-1):
ws.write(rowcount, 0,
date_value = sheet.cell_value(4,0)
s = date_value.split(" ")
del s[-1]
del s[-1]
del s[-1]
string = ' '.join(s)

d = datetime.strptime(date_value, string + " %B %d, %Y")
result = datetime.strftime(d, '%Y-%m-%d')
ws.write(rowcount, 9, result)
for cx in range(sheet.ncols):


Simply include the hard-coded portion and then use the proper identifiers:

>>> import datetime
>>> s = "For The Year Ending December 31, 2015"
>>> d = datetime.datetime.strptime(s, 'For The Year Ending %B %d, %Y')
>>> result = datetime.datetime.strftime(d, '%Y-%m-%d')
>>> print(result)