Format Date

I'm reading values like this "13/08/2011 14:30" in from a CSV file and wondering if there was an easy way to convert them to "2011-08-13 14:30" for example so they can easily be inserted into a datetime column in mysql.

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Ray PaseurCommented:
Usually strtotime() and date() play well together.  Let me see if I can give you a complete tested solution.  Back in a moment...
Ray PaseurCommented:
String manipulation appears the way to go.  HTH, ~Ray
<?php // RAY_temp_petererhard.php


$csv_date = "13/08/2011 14:30";

$ts = strtotime($csv_date);
$iso_date = date('c', $ts);
echo "<br/>$csv_date == $iso_date";

function re_date($csv_date)
    $arr = explode(' ', $csv_date);
    $new = explode('/', $arr[0]);
    $out = $new[2] . '-' . $new[1] . '-' . $new[0] . ' ' . $arr[1];
    return $out;
echo "<br/>$csv_date == " . re_date($csv_date);

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PeterErhardAuthor Commented:
Thank you very much :)
Ray PaseurCommented:
Thanks for the points - it's a great question. ~Ray
nemws1Database AdministratorCommented:
Although Ray's answer is excellent and correct (as usual!), I just wanted to provide the in-MySQL way of doing this as well, namely with the STR_TO_DATE function:
INSERT INTO my_table (id, name, csv_date)
VALUES (NULL, "nemws1", STR_TO_DATE("13/08/2011 14:30", "%d/%m/%Y %H:%i"))

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Of course, you can replace the static values in this with placeholders like usual.

More info here:

And you need to read the manual page entry for DATE_FORMAT as well:
PeterErhardAuthor Commented:
Ahh, that's awesome nemws1. Thanks for that, I think I'll go with your method, a lot easier.
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