Removing Timezone in Athena


August 17, 2020

When creating a table in Athena I got the error: Invalid column type for column: Unsupported Hive type: timestamp with time zone. Unfortunately it can’t support timestamps with timezone. In my case all the data was in UTC so I just needed to remove the timezone to create the table. The easiest way to do that was to cast it to a timestamp (without a timezone).

cast(event_time as timestamp)