Spark SQL converting string to timestamp

Answer #1 100 %

You could use unix_timestamp function to convert the utc formatted date to timestamp

val df2 = Seq(("a3fac", "2017-08-01T02:26:59.000Z")).toDF("id", "eventTime")

df2.withColumn("eventTime1", unix_timestamp($"eventTime", "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSS'Z'").cast(TimestampType))


|userid       |eventTime            |
|a3fac        |2017-08-01 02:26:59.0|

Hope this helps!

Answer #2 100 %

Solution on Java

There are some Spark SQL functions which let you to play with the date format.

Conversion example : 20181224091530 -> 2018-12-24 09:15:30

Solution (Spark SQL statement) :

 to_timestamp(cast(DECIMAL_DATE as string),'yyyyMMddHHmmss') as `TIME STAMP DATE`,
FROM some_table

You can use the SQL statements by using an instance of org.apache.spark.sql.SparkSession. For example if you want to execute an sql statement, Spark provide the following solution:

// You have to create an instance of SparkSession


  • You have to convert the decimal to string and after you can achieve the parsing to timestamp format
  • You can play with the format the get however format you want...

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