ilan bt ilan bt - 2 years ago 215
iOS Question

Converting UTC date format to local nsdate

i am getting from my server a string date in UTC time zone and i need to convert it to the local time zone.


let utcTime = "2015-04-01T11:42:00.269Z"
let dateFormatter = NSDateFormatter()
dateFormatter.timeZone = NSTimeZone(name: "UTC")
dateFormatter.dateFormat = "yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSS'Z'"
let date = dateFormatter.dateFromString(utcTime)
println("utc: \(utcTime), date: \(date)")

this prints -

utc: 2015-04-01T11:42:00.269Z, date: Optional(2015-04-01 11:42:00 +0000)

if i remove

dateFormatter.timeZone = NSTimeZone(name: "UTC")

it prints

utc: 2015-04-01T11:42:00.269Z, date: Optional(2015-04-01 08:42:00 +0000)

my local time zone is UTC +3
and in the first option i get UTC
in the second option i get UTC -3

I should get

utc: 2015-04-01T11:42:00.269Z, date: Optional(2015-04-01 14:42:00 +0000)

So how do i convert the UTC date format to Local time?


Answer Source

Something along the following worked for me...

// create dateFormatter with UTC time format
NSDateFormatter *dateFormatter = [[NSDateFormatter alloc] init];
[dateFormatter setDateFormat:@"yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss"]; 
[dateFormatter setTimeZone:[NSTimeZone timeZoneWithAbbreviation:@"UTC"]];
NSDate *date = [dateFormatter dateFromString:@"2015-04-01T11:42:00"]; // create date from string

// change to a readable time format and change to local time zone
[dateFormatter setDateFormat:@"EEE, MMM d, yyyy - h:mm a"];
[dateFormatter setTimeZone:[NSTimeZone localTimeZone]];
NSString *timestamp = [dateFormatter stringFromDate:date];

I keep these two websites handy for converting different time formats:

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