Convert string with time zone offset to datetime in Athena

There is a column of type varchar in MySQL table that contains datetime data like
‘2021-08-17 06:55:22.819-0400’ which has the time zone offset information included.

How can it be converted to datetime(3) in a select statement in Athena?
Basically ‘2021-08-17 06:55:22.819-0400’ >>> 2021-08-17 10:55:22.819


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Method 1

Use the parse_datetime function, like this:

SELECT parse_datetime('2021-08-17 06:55:22.819-0400', 'yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSSZ')

If you want the time converted to UTC you can append AT TIME ZONE 'Z', like this:

SELECT parse_datetime('2021-08-17 06:55:22.819-0400', 'yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSSZ') AT TIME ZONE 'Z'

Method 2

If all dates are exactly in this format you can replace space with T and use from_iso8601_timestamp, which will return timestamp with time zone and then you can handle timezone either using AT TIME ZONE 'UTC' or just custing to timezone:

select cast(from_iso8601_timestamp(replace('2021-08-17 06:55:22.819-0400', ' ', 'T')) AS timestamp) 


2021-08-17 10:55:22.819

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