To convert a varchar string value to a datetime value using the CONVERT function in SQL Server, here is the general syntax:

CONVERT(datetime, expression [, style ])

That statement will convert the expression from varchar to datetime value using the specified style.

Here is the list of style values that you can use in the CONVERT statement:

Style Standard Output
100 Default for datetime and smalldatetime mon dd yyyy hh:miAM (or PM)
101 U.S. mm/dd/yyyy
102 ANSI
103 British/French dd/mm/yyyy
104 German
105 Italian dd-mm-yyyy
106 - dd mon yyyy
107 - Mon dd, yyyy
108 - hh:mi:ss
109 Default + milliseconds mon dd yyyy hh:mi:ss:mmmAM (or PM)
110 USA mm-dd-yyyy
111 JAPAN yyyy/mm/dd
112 ISO yyyymmdd
113 Europe default + milliseconds dd mon yyyy hh:mi:ss:mmm(24h)
114 - hh:mi:ss:mmm(24h)
120 ODBC canonical yyyy-mm-dd hh:mi:ss(24h)
121 ODBC canonical (with milliseconds) default for time, date, datetime2, and datetimeoffset yyyy-mm-dd hh:mi:ss.mmm(24h)
126 ISO8601 yyyy-mm-ddThh:mi:ss.mmm (no spaces)
130 Hijri dd mon yyyy hh:mi:ss:mmmAM
131 Hijra dd/mm/yyyy hh:mi:ss:mmmAM

You can also use the CAST function:

CAST(expression AS datetime)

Read more on how to use the CAST() function.


SELECT convert(datetime, '09/10/2019', 101);

With the style 101 (mm/dd/yyyy), the string value 09/10/2019 is now a datetime value.

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