Convert an object to a date or date-time

as_date(x, ...)

# S4 method for ANY
as_date(x, ...)

# S4 method for POSIXt
as_date(x, tz = NULL)

# S4 method for numeric
as_date(x, origin = lubridate::origin)

# S4 method for character
as_date(x, tz = NULL, format = NULL)

as_datetime(x, ...)

# S4 method for POSIXt
as_datetime(x, tz = "UTC")

# S4 method for numeric
as_datetime(x, origin = lubridate::origin, tz = "UTC")

# S4 method for character
as_datetime(x, tz = "UTC", format = NULL)

# S4 method for ANY
as_datetime(x, tz = "UTC")



a vector of POSIXt, numeric or character objects


further arguments to be passed to specific methods (see above).


a time zone name (default: time zone of the POSIXt object x). See OlsonNames().


a Date object, or something which can be coerced by as.Date(origin, ...) to such an object (default: the Unix epoch of "1970-01-01"). Note that in this instance, x is assumed to reflect the number of days since origin at "UTC".


format argument for character methods. When supplied parsing is performed by strptime(). For this reason consider using specialized parsing functions in lubridate.


a vector of Date objects corresponding to x.

Compare to base R

These are drop in replacements for as.Date() and as.POSIXct(), with a few tweaks to make them work more intuitively.

  • as_date() ignores the timezone attribute, resulting in a more intuitive conversion (see examples)

  • Both functions provide a default origin argument for numeric vectors.

  • Both functions will generate NAs for invalid date format. A warning message will provide a count of the elements that were not converted

  • as_datetime() defaults to using UTC.


dt_utc <- ymd_hms("2010-08-03 00:50:50") dt_europe <- ymd_hms("2010-08-03 00:50:50", tz="Europe/London") c(as_date(dt_utc), as.Date(dt_utc))
#> [1] "2010-08-03" "2010-08-03"
c(as_date(dt_europe), as.Date(dt_europe))
#> [1] "2010-08-03" "2010-08-02"
## need not supply origin as_date(10)
#> [1] "1970-01-11"
## Will replace invalid date format with NA dt_wrong <- c("2009-09-29", "2012-11-29", "2015-29-12") as_date(dt_wrong)
#> Warning: 1 failed to parse.
#> [1] "2009-09-29" "2012-11-29" NA