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Change a column's data type

If you would like to use a column in a different data type than the one in your schema and can’t change the data type in your database, you can use custom columns to change the column’s data type in Chartio.

For example, you may have a date column that classified as a string in your schema but would like to use it as a date.

Go to the Data Sources page, select your data source, and switch to the Schema tab. As you can see, our ‘Date’ column is classified as a string. In order to use Chartio’s built-in date functions, we need to cast it to a date.

To accomplish this, you can create a custom column. Click the Add Custom Column button at the top right of the table which contains the column you want to change.

Click Add Custom Column from the data source schema page

For ease of use, we recommend naming your new column the same as the original column. Be sure to select the correct data type from the Type dropdown as well.

Consult the documentation for your database type to determine the correct syntax for casting a column as a date. Some common example are listed below.

MySQL

STR_TO_DATE(table_name.column_name, '%m-%d-%Y')

PostgreSQL, CSVs, Data Stores

CAST("table_name"."column_name" as date)

Check out our CSV example below.

Google BigQuery

DATE(table_name.column_name)

Google Sheets

Please see our information about date formatting in Google Sheets for more info.

Note: If you are getting an error, verify that the resulting date values are in the format YYYY-MM-DD in order for the column to be recognized as a date.

CSV example

The data source in this example is a CSV and we used the format below. Fill in all the information for the new column and click Add Column when finished.

Fill in custom column info as desired

Because we always want to use our new custom column, we’re going to hide the original column in the schema by unchecking the Visible checkbox. This will hide the original column so it won’t be seen in the chart editor.

From the data source schema page, toggle the box marked Visible in order for this new column to appear when creating charts

Now we can use our new column as a date in Interactive Mode.

Check out our FAQ showing examples of how to change a column’s data type in Data Explorer’s Data Pipeline.