TO_DATE equivalent of Mysql is STR_TO_DATE().

Most oracle dba's are now a days implementing MySQL in their enterprise and run into issues with converting dates as the TO_DATE function of oracle is not a standard call across both. You can use the STR_TO_DATE() function within MySQL to convert a string to date.

STR_TO_DATE is the inverse of the DATE_FORMAT() function in MYSQL. STR_TO_DATE() takes a string and a format string and returns a DATETIME value. If the value returned is illegal, then STR_TO_DATE() will return a null. Scanning of the string starts at the beginning and will fail if the format match is not found.

STR_TO_DATE examples :

myql> SELECT STR_TO_DATE('01,8,2018','%d,%m,%Y');
-> '2018-08-01'
mysql> SELECT STR_TO_DATE('May 17, 2017','%M %d,%Y');
-> '2017-05-17'
mysql> SELECT STR_TO_DATE('a07:30:16','a%h:%i:%s');
-> '07:30:16'


here are the date format strings that you can use in your code.

%a Abbreviated weekday name (Sun..Sat)
%b Abbreviated month name (Jan..Dec)
%c Month, numeric (0..12)
%D Day of the month with English suffix (0th, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, )
%d Day of the month, numeric (00..31)
%e Day of the month, numeric (0..31)
%f Microseconds (000000..999999)
%H Hour (00..23)
%h Hour (01..12)
%I Hour (01..12)
%i Minutes, numeric (00..59)
%j Day of year (001..366)
%k Hour (0..23)
%l Hour (1..12)
%M Month name (January..December)
%m Month, numeric (00..12)
%p AM or PM
%r Time, 12-hour (hh:mm:ss followed by AM or PM)
%S Seconds (00..59)
%s Seconds (00..59)
%T Time, 24-hour (hh:mm:ss)
%U Week (00..53), where Sunday is the first day of the week
%u Week (00..53), where Monday is the first day of the week
%V Week (01..53), where Sunday is the first day of the week; used with %X
%v Week (01..53), where Monday is the first day of the week; used with %x
%W Weekday name (Sunday..Saturday)
%w Day of the week (0=Sunday..6=Saturday)
%X Year for the week where Sunday is the first day of the week, numeric, four digits; used with %V
%x Year for the week, where Monday is the first day of the week, numeric, four digits; used with %v
%Y Year, numeric, four digits
%y Year, numeric (two digits)
%% A literal % character
%x x, for any x not listed above