How do I read a date in Excel format in Python?

By : Grzenio

How can I convert an Excel date (in a number format) to a proper date in Python?

By : Grzenio


For quick and dirty:

year, month, day, hour, minute, second = xlrd.xldate_as_tuple(excelDate, wb.datemode)
whatYouWant = str(month)+'/'+str(day)+'/'+str(year)
By : Cmag

A combination of peoples post gave me the date and the time for excel conversion. I did return it as a string

def xldate_to_datetime(xldate):
  tempDate = datetime.datetime(1900, 1, 1)
  deltaDays = datetime.timedelta(days=int(xldate))
  secs = (int((xldate%1)*86400)-60)
  detlaSeconds = datetime.timedelta(seconds=secs)
  TheTime = (tempDate + deltaDays + detlaSeconds )
  return TheTime.strftime("%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S")
By : hounded

When converting an excel file to CSV the date/time cell looks like this:

foo, 3/16/2016 10:38, bar,

To convert the datetime text value to datetime python object do this:

from datetime import datetime

date_object = datetime.strptime('3/16/2016 10:38', '%m/%d/%Y %H:%M')    # excel format (CSV file)

print date_object will return 2005-06-01 13:33:00

By : Gilbert

This video can help you solving your question :)
By: admin