I am using the time manager for a set of data and I need to create a column in my attribute table of the date in the format yyyy-mm-dd. I already have a column in my attribute table that contains Julian days (e.g. values of 1, 2, 3, etc. that I want to correspond to 2010-01-01, 2010-01-02, 2010-01-3, etc. respectively). I've tried using the field calculator to do this using Converting from Julian Date to Calendar Date? but I was unable to get an output.


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Another approach, assuming your Day 1 starts on 2010-01-01.

to_date(to_date('2010-01-01') + to_interval(concat(to_string(("j_day" - 1)), ' days')))

j_day is your Julian day field

  • Nicer, saves some typing
    – Bera
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 7:10
  • Thanks @BERA I wish I could do programming ... it will be my New Year resolution next year...
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 7:22
  • Thanks! This is exactly what I was looking for. I'm unfamiliar with programming so this is more straightforward.
    – racheldeep
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 17:09
  • Thanks @racheldeep for this interesting subject. It gave me opportunity to learn about calendar and Julian day (a.k.a. ordinal date).
    – Kazuhito
    Commented Oct 13, 2017 at 22:44

Add a date field

Use Field Calculator with function editor (change the start date, dont know what you want) and press blue play button on top:

from qgis.core import *
from qgis.gui import *
import datetime

@qgsfunction(args='auto', group='Custom')
def jtogreg(x, feature, parent):
    return str(d)

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The function can now be found under 'Custom'. Call the function:

 jtogreg(  "JDays" )

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