Writing an iPhone app in Objective-C, I have a date in string form (in UTC format, with a Z on the end to denote zero UTC offset, or zulu time), which I need to parse into an
NSDateFormatter* df = [[NSDateFormatter alloc]init];
NSString* str = @"2009-08-11T06:00:00.000Z";
NSDate* date = [df dateFromString:str];
Running this through the debugger,ends up
date! I'm assuming it has something to do with my date format string.
How can I fix it to correctly parse the date string?
A thought would be to make thein the date format literal, a la setting the date format to
That would work, except when the Z is parsed as a literal, the date loses offset information, and so is ambiguous, and therefore interpreted to be local time.
For example, if the string to parse was 2009-08-11T06:00:00.000Z (6:00 zulu time) it would be interpreted as 6:00 local time, and an incorrect offset would then be applied. It would then be parsed as 2009-08-11T06:00:00.000-600 (12:00 zulu time) with the offset depending on the user's offset.
I've had this problem also, I'm not sure if it's a API bug within Apple's code, or my lack of understanding, but I've worked around it by using hour offsets in my date strings.
If you change the code in your example to:
NSDateFormatter* df = [[NSDateFormatter alloc]init]; [df setDateFormat:@"yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ"]; NSString* str = @"2009-08-11T06:00:00.000-0700"; // NOTE -0700 is the only change NSDate* date = [df dateFromString:str];
It will now parse the date string. Of course the -0700 hours is my offset, you'd have to change it to yours. Hope this helps.