I have column with strings of dates with format: "dd.mm.yyyy". I need to convert the date format contained in the strings to ISO8601 format: "YYYY-MM-DD" for the whole column.

  • I have column with strings of dates Does this mean the field is defined as varchar? If so use strftime() function for to parse datetime using your current format.
    – Akina
    Jan 11, 2019 at 11:50
  • I use data type TEXT to store dates (in SQLite). I think it looks like a data type varchar.
    – Denis
    Jan 11, 2019 at 12:07
  • if so strftime() must solve your problem.
    – Akina
    Jan 11, 2019 at 12:08

1 Answer 1


String manipulation seems to way to go here:

UPDATE myTable
  SET myDate = SUBSTR(myDate, 7, 4)
     || '-' || SUBSTR(myDate, 4, 2)
     || '-' || SUBSTR(myDate, 1, 2)

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