I have a layer with points which represent the fatal road accidents and the field "dates_14_D" contains their date but its type is string. I would like to convert this string field to date field but the OK button is inactive. What's the problem? I use QGis. Look the below pictureenter image description here

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    What does it say when you click on "more info"? – Matthias Kuhn Sep 28 '16 at 12:36
  • I think that the date format is wrong; QGIS expects something like 'YYYY-MM-DD'. – ArMoraer Sep 28 '16 at 12:41
  • Parse Error: Eval Error: The conversion " % 1 " was not possible. – ilias m Sep 28 '16 at 12:43
  • I converted the format like @ArMoraer said an I repeated the procedure but again the OK button is inactive. – ilias m Sep 28 '16 at 13:01

I'm surprised I haven't seen this before. Maybe I'm overlooking something obvious :)

Although you're using a different locale to me, you're using the same date format as I do in the UK, dd/MM/yyyy. I get a slightly different error (on QGIS 2.16.1) but it doesn't like that date format.

You can get around this by creating a short python script in the function editor tab of the expression editor.

  • Go into the function editor tab in the expression editor
  • Create a new function ("New file" button)
  • paste the following into the code window. You may get indentation errors, so manually re-indent with spaces if needed
  • click on "Load" button to save the changes
  • switch back to the expression tab
  • look under the python heading, should now see a function called parse_date_dmy

from qgis.core import *
from qgis.gui import *
from PyQt4.QtCore import QDate

@qgsfunction(args="auto", group='Python')
def parse_date_dmy(fromval, feature, parent):
    return QDate.fromString(fromval, 'dd/MM/yyyy')

You can then enter an expression like so, using your field name :-


If all is well, you should see something like this...

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  • Thanks a lot for your detailed answer. It worked. But, for some dates, the outcome was null. Is there any explanation? – ilias m Sep 28 '16 at 20:49
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    try d/M/yyyy as your format string (see Qt date format string spec, although note that this is a Qt5 page). I tested it on days and months with single and double figures and it seemed to work OK. If that works I'll update my answer. – Steven Kay Sep 28 '16 at 21:05
  • The first time I run this procedure, the format of the date was d/M/yyyy. I have tried to run this with the format d/M/yyyy again and the outcome of some records was null as it above mentioned. In addition, I run this with the format dd/MM/yyyy and the outcome was that all the records were null. Have I done sth wrong? – ilias m Sep 28 '16 at 22:13

Or simply use :

to_date( regexp_substr( "MAJ" , '/(\\d+$)' ) || '-' || regexp_substr( "MAJ" , '/(\\d+)/' ) || '-' || regexp_substr( "MAJ" , '^(\\d+)/' ) )

With MAJ as your date field (dd/MM/YYYY).

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