user182944 user182944 -4 years ago 131
Java Question

java.util.Date format conversion yyyy-mm-dd to mm-dd-yyyy

I have a

java.util.Date
in the format
yyyy-mm-dd
. I want it to be in the format
mm-dd-yyyy


Below is the sample util I tried out for this conversion:

// Setting the pattern
SimpleDateFormat sm = new SimpleDateFormat("mm-dd-yyyy");
// myDate is the java.util.Date in yyyy-mm-dd format
// Converting it into String using formatter
String strDate = sm.format(myDate);
//Converting the String back to java.util.Date
Date dt = sm.parse(strDate);


Still the output I am getting is not in the format
mm-dd-yyyy
.

Kindly let me know how to format a
java.util.Date
from
yyyy-mm-dd
to
mm-dd-yyyy

Answer Source

Date is a container for the number of milliseconds since the Unix epoch ( 00:00:00 UTC on 1 January 1970).

It has no concept of format.

For example...

Date myDate = new Date();
System.out.println(myDate);
System.out.println(new SimpleDateFormat("MM-dd-yyyy").format(myDate));
System.out.println(new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd").format(myDate));
System.out.println(myDate);

Outputs...

Wed Aug 28 16:20:39 EST 2013
08-28-2013
2013-08-28
Wed Aug 28 16:20:39 EST 2013

None of the formatting has changed the underlying Date value. This is the purpose of the DateFormatters

Updated with additional example

Just in case the first example didn't make sense...

This example uses two formatters to format the same date. I then use these same formatters to parse the String values back to Dates. The resulting parse does not alter the way Date reports it's value.

Date#toString is just a dump of it's contents. You can't change this, but you can format the Date object any way you like

try {
    Date myDate = new Date();
    System.out.println(myDate);

    SimpleDateFormat mdyFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("MM-dd-yyyy");
    SimpleDateFormat dmyFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");

    // Format the date to Strings
    String mdy = mdyFormat.format(myDate);
    String dmy = dmyFormat.format(myDate);

    // Results...
    System.out.println(mdy);
    System.out.println(dmy);
    // Parse the Strings back to dates
    // Note, the formats don't "stick" with the Date value
    System.out.println(mdyFormat.parse(mdy));
    System.out.println(dmyFormat.parse(dmy));
} catch (ParseException exp) {
    exp.printStackTrace();
}

Which outputs...

Wed Aug 28 16:24:54 EST 2013
08-28-2013
2013-08-28
Wed Aug 28 00:00:00 EST 2013
Wed Aug 28 00:00:00 EST 2013

Also, be careful of the format patterns. Take a closer look at SimpleDateFormat to make sure you're not using the wrong patterns ;)

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