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Java string to date conversion (9)

What is the best way to convert a String in the format 'January 2, 2010' to a Date in Java?

Ultimately, I want to break out the month, the day, and the year as integers so that I can use

Date date = new Date();
date.setMonth()..
date.setYear()..
date.setDay()..
date.setlong currentTime = date.getTime();

to convert the date into time.


Ah yes the Java Date discussion, again. To deal with date manipulation we use Date, Calendar, GregorianCalendar, and SimpleDateFormat. For example using your January date as input:

Calendar mydate = new GregorianCalendar();
String mystring = "January 2, 2010";
Date thedate = new SimpleDateFormat("MMMM d, yyyy", Locale.ENGLISH).parse(mystring);
mydate.setTime(thedate);
//breakdown
System.out.println("mydate -> "+mydate);
System.out.println("year   -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.YEAR));
System.out.println("month  -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.MONTH));
System.out.println("dom    -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH));
System.out.println("dow    -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_WEEK));
System.out.println("hour   -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.HOUR));
System.out.println("minute -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.MINUTE));
System.out.println("second -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.SECOND));
System.out.println("milli  -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.MILLISECOND));
System.out.println("ampm   -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.AM_PM));
System.out.println("hod    -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY));

Then you can manipulate that with something like:

Calendar now = Calendar.getInstance();
mydate.set(Calendar.YEAR,2009);
mydate.set(Calendar.MONTH,Calendar.FEBRUARY);
mydate.set(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH,25);
mydate.set(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY,now.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY));
mydate.set(Calendar.MINUTE,now.get(Calendar.MINUTE));
mydate.set(Calendar.SECOND,now.get(Calendar.SECOND));
// or with one statement
//mydate.set(2009, Calendar.FEBRUARY, 25, now.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY), now.get(Calendar.MINUTE), now.get(Calendar.SECOND));
System.out.println("mydate -> "+mydate);
System.out.println("year   -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.YEAR));
System.out.println("month  -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.MONTH));
System.out.println("dom    -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH));
System.out.println("dow    -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_WEEK));
System.out.println("hour   -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.HOUR));
System.out.println("minute -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.MINUTE));
System.out.println("second -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.SECOND));
System.out.println("milli  -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.MILLISECOND));
System.out.println("ampm   -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.AM_PM));
System.out.println("hod    -> "+mydate.get(Calendar.HOUR_OF_DAY));

Also, SimpleDateFormat is not available with some of the client-side technologies, like GWT.

It's a good idea to go for Calendar.getInstance(), and your requirement is to compare two dates; go for long date.


My humble test program. I use it to play around with the formatter and look-up long dates that I find in log-files (but who has put them there...).

My test program:

package be.test.package.time;

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.List;
import java.util.TimeZone;

public class TimeWork {

    public static void main(String[] args) {    

        TimeZone timezone = TimeZone.getTimeZone("UTC");

        List<Long> longs = new ArrayList<>();
        List<String> strings = new ArrayList<>();

        //Formatting a date needs a timezone - otherwise the date get formatted to your system time zone.
        //Use 24h format HH. In 12h format hh can be in range 0-11, which makes 12 overflow to 0.
        DateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("dd-MM-yyyy HH:mm:ss.SSS");
        formatter.setTimeZone(timezone);

        Date now = new Date();

        //Test dates
        strings.add(formatter.format(now));
        strings.add("01-01-1970 00:00:00.000");
        strings.add("01-01-1970 00:00:01.000");
        strings.add("01-01-1970 00:01:00.000");
        strings.add("01-01-1970 01:00:00.000");
        strings.add("01-01-1970 10:00:00.000");
        strings.add("01-01-1970 12:00:00.000");
        strings.add("01-01-1970 24:00:00.000");
        strings.add("02-01-1970 00:00:00.000");
        strings.add("01-01-1971 00:00:00.000");
        strings.add("01-01-2014 00:00:00.000");
        strings.add("31-12-1969 23:59:59.000");
        strings.add("31-12-1969 23:59:00.000");
        strings.add("31-12-1969 23:00:00.000");

        //Test data
        longs.add(now.getTime());
        longs.add(-1L);
        longs.add(0L); //Long date presentation at - midnight 1/1/1970 UTC - The timezone is important!
        longs.add(1L);
        longs.add(1000L);
        longs.add(60000L);
        longs.add(3600000L);
        longs.add(36000000L);
        longs.add(43200000L);
        longs.add(86400000L);
        longs.add(31536000000L);
        longs.add(1388534400000L);
        longs.add(7260000L);
        longs.add(1417706084037L);
        longs.add(-7260000L);

        System.out.println("===== String to long =====");

        //Show the long value of the date
        for (String string: strings) {
            try {
                Date date = formatter.parse(string);
                System.out.println("Formated date : " + string + " = Long = " + date.getTime());
            } catch (ParseException e) {
                e.printStackTrace();
            }
        }

        System.out.println("===== Long to String =====");

        //Show the date behind the long
        for (Long lo : longs) {
            Date date = new Date(lo);
            String string = formatter.format(date);
            System.out.println("Formated date : " + string + " = Long = " + lo);        
        }
    }
}

Test results:

===== String to long =====
Formated date : 05-12-2014 10:17:34.873 = Long = 1417774654873
Formated date : 01-01-1970 00:00:00.000 = Long = 0
Formated date : 01-01-1970 00:00:01.000 = Long = 1000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 00:01:00.000 = Long = 60000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 01:00:00.000 = Long = 3600000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 10:00:00.000 = Long = 36000000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 12:00:00.000 = Long = 43200000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 24:00:00.000 = Long = 86400000
Formated date : 02-01-1970 00:00:00.000 = Long = 86400000
Formated date : 01-01-1971 00:00:00.000 = Long = 31536000000
Formated date : 01-01-2014 00:00:00.000 = Long = 1388534400000
Formated date : 31-12-1969 23:59:59.000 = Long = -1000
Formated date : 31-12-1969 23:59:00.000 = Long = -60000
Formated date : 31-12-1969 23:00:00.000 = Long = -3600000
===== Long to String =====
Formated date : 05-12-2014 10:17:34.873 = Long = 1417774654873
Formated date : 31-12-1969 23:59:59.999 = Long = -1
Formated date : 01-01-1970 00:00:00.000 = Long = 0
Formated date : 01-01-1970 00:00:00.001 = Long = 1
Formated date : 01-01-1970 00:00:01.000 = Long = 1000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 00:01:00.000 = Long = 60000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 01:00:00.000 = Long = 3600000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 10:00:00.000 = Long = 36000000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 12:00:00.000 = Long = 43200000
Formated date : 02-01-1970 00:00:00.000 = Long = 86400000
Formated date : 01-01-1971 00:00:00.000 = Long = 31536000000
Formated date : 01-01-2014 00:00:00.000 = Long = 1388534400000
Formated date : 01-01-1970 02:01:00.000 = Long = 7260000
Formated date : 04-12-2014 15:14:44.037 = Long = 1417706084037
Formated date : 31-12-1969 21:59:00.000 = Long = -7260000

Simple two formatters we have used:

  1. Which format date do we want?
  2. Which format date is actually present?

We parse the full date to time format:

date="2016-05-06 16:40:32";

public static String setDateParsing(String date) throws ParseException {

    // This is the format date we want
    DateFormat mSDF = new SimpleDateFormat("hh:mm a");

    // This format date is actually present
    SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm");
    return mSDF.format(formatter.parse(date));
}

Try this

String date = get_pump_data.getString("bond_end_date");
DateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd", Locale.ENGLISH);
Date datee = (Date)format.parse(date);

While on dealing with the SimpleDateFormat class, it's important to remember that Date is not thread-safe and you can not share a single Date object with multiple threads.

Also there is big difference between "m" and "M" where small case is used for minutes and capital case is used for month. The same with "d" and "D". This can cause subtle bugs which often get overlooked. See Javadoc or Guide to Convert String to Date in Java for more details.


With Java 8 we get a new Date / Time API (JSR 310).

The following way can be used to parse the date in Java 8 without relying on Joda-Time:

String str = "January 2, 2010";
DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("MMMM d, yyyy", Locale.ENGLISH);
LocalDate date = LocalDate.parse(str, formatter);

// access date fields
int year = date.getYear(); // 2010
int day = date.getDayOfMonth(); // 2
Month month = date.getMonth(); // JANUARY
int monthAsInt = month.getValue(); // 1

LocalDate is the standard Java 8 class for representing a date (without time). If you want to parse values that contain date and time information you should use LocalDateTime. For values with timezones use ZonedDateTime. Both provide a parse() method similar to LocalDate:

LocalDateTime dateWithTime = LocalDateTime.parse(strWithDateAndTime, dateTimeFormatter);
ZonedDateTime zoned = ZonedDateTime.parse(strWithTimeZone, zoneFormatter);

The list formatting characters from DateTimeFormatter Javadoc:

All letters 'A' to 'Z' and 'a' to 'z' are reserved as pattern letters. 
The following pattern letters are defined:

Symbol  Meaning                     Presentation      Examples
------  -------                     ------------      -------
 G       era                         text              AD; Anno Domini; A
 u       year                        year              2004; 04
 y       year-of-era                 year              2004; 04
 D       day-of-year                 number            189
 M/L     month-of-year               number/text       7; 07; Jul; July; J
 d       day-of-month                number            10

 Q/q     quarter-of-year             number/text       3; 03; Q3; 3rd quarter
 Y       week-based-year             year              1996; 96
 w       week-of-week-based-year     number            27
 W       week-of-month               number            4
 E       day-of-week                 text              Tue; Tuesday; T
 e/c     localized day-of-week       number/text       2; 02; Tue; Tuesday; T
 F       week-of-month               number            3

 a       am-pm-of-day                text              PM
 h       clock-hour-of-am-pm (1-12)  number            12
 K       hour-of-am-pm (0-11)        number            0
 k       clock-hour-of-am-pm (1-24)  number            0

 H       hour-of-day (0-23)          number            0
 m       minute-of-hour              number            30
 s       second-of-minute            number            55
 S       fraction-of-second          fraction          978
 A       milli-of-day                number            1234
 n       nano-of-second              number            987654321
 N       nano-of-day                 number            1234000000

 V       time-zone ID                zone-id           America/Los_Angeles; Z; -08:30
 z       time-zone name              zone-name         Pacific Standard Time; PST
 O       localized zone-offset       offset-O          GMT+8; GMT+08:00; UTC-08:00;
 X       zone-offset 'Z' for zero    offset-X          Z; -08; -0830; -08:30; -083015; -08:30:15;
 x       zone-offset                 offset-x          +0000; -08; -0830; -08:30; -083015; -08:30:15;
 Z       zone-offset                 offset-Z          +0000; -0800; -08:00;

You can use SimpleDateformat for change string to date

SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
String strDate = "2000-01-01";
Date date = new Date(sdf.parse(strDate).getTime());

String str_date = "11-June-07";
DateFormat formatter;
Date date;
formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("dd-MMM-yy");
date = formatter.parse(str_date);






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