This may be something simple stupid but in QGIS 2.4 I have created a date column. How do I enter the date in correctly. Every time I type a date in, in whatever format it does not move that entered date into my attribute table. So I click on the table and open the form and try again but it never saves my entered data for the date.

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Not stupid at all buddy! Everyone has to learn sometime :)

You may have already tried the way I am going to describe as I use QGIS 2.2 instead of 2.4.

Open the attribute table, select New column and add the name and change the type:

Add column

The format I normally use is YYYY-MM-DD when typing in the Date column:


Hope this helps.

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    Does anyone know if there are plans for a 'date-picker' for QGIS when entering data such as this? Oct 16, 2014 at 15:30
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    @mapBaker I guess milos.kroulik answered that one ;)
    – underdark
    Oct 16, 2014 at 16:54

In 2.4 there is even calendar widget ("date picker"). In the layers "Fields" tabs, select "Date/Time" widget for a date field and check "calendar popup" option in widget detail settings.

QGIS Calendar Widget

  • fantastic!!! great to see this! Oct 16, 2014 at 17:21
  • Indeed, a very useful and easy-to-use widget.
    – Joseph
    Oct 20, 2014 at 12:33

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