ianckc ianckc - 2 months ago 24
Objective-C Question

NSDateFormatter setDateFormat parameters

In php there is a list of all the parameters you can pass to the date function to format your date http://php.net/manual/en/function.date.php

Is there something similar for objective c?

Answer

Here's one: http://www.alexcurylo.com/blog/2009/01/29/nsdateformatter-formatting/

Ever wonder just what you could put in NSDateFormatter format strings? Enough to actually go to the trouble of actually dumping specifiers and results? Nah, us neither. But somebody did, and here’s what they found:

a: AM/PM
A: 0~86399999 (Millisecond of Day)

c/cc: 1~7 (Day of Week)
ccc: Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat
cccc: Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

d: 1~31 (0 padded Day of Month)
D: 1~366 (0 padded Day of Year)

e: 1~7 (0 padded Day of Week)
E~EEE: Sun/Mon/Tue/Wed/Thu/Fri/Sat
EEEE: Sunday/Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

F: 1~5 (0 padded Week of Month, first day of week = Monday)

g: Julian Day Number (number of days since 4713 BC January 1)
G~GGG: BC/AD (Era Designator Abbreviated)
GGGG: Before Christ/Anno Domini

h: 1~12 (0 padded Hour (12hr))
H: 0~23 (0 padded Hour (24hr))

k: 1~24 (0 padded Hour (24hr)
K: 0~11 (0 padded Hour (12hr))

L/LL: 1~12 (0 padded Month)
LLL: Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec
LLLL: January/February/March/April/May/June/July/August/September/October/November/December

m: 0~59 (0 padded Minute)
M/MM: 1~12 (0 padded Month)
MMM: Jan/Feb/Mar/Apr/May/Jun/Jul/Aug/Sep/Oct/Nov/Dec
MMMM: January/February/March/April/May/June/July/August/September/October/November/December

q/qq: 1~4 (0 padded Quarter)
qqq: Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4
qqqq: 1st quarter/2nd quarter/3rd quarter/4th quarter
Q/QQ: 1~4 (0 padded Quarter)
QQQ: Q1/Q2/Q3/Q4
QQQQ: 1st quarter/2nd quarter/3rd quarter/4th quarter

s: 0~59 (0 padded Second)
S: (rounded Sub-Second)

u: (0 padded Year)

v~vvv: (General GMT Timezone Abbreviation)
vvvv: (General GMT Timezone Name)

w: 1~53 (0 padded Week of Year, 1st day of week = Sunday, NB: 1st week of year starts from the last Sunday of last year)
W: 1~5 (0 padded Week of Month, 1st day of week = Sunday)

y/yyyy: (Full Year)
yy/yyy: (2 Digits Year)
Y/YYYY: (Full Year, starting from the Sunday of the 1st week of year)
YY/YYY: (2 Digits Year, starting from the Sunday of the 1st week of year)

z~zzz: (Specific GMT Timezone Abbreviation)
zzzz: (Specific GMT Timezone Name)
Z: +0000 (RFC 822 Timezone)

That should settle your date and time formatting needs once and for all!

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