Prime Prime - 1 year ago 123
PowerShell Question

how to compare two custom dates in powershell v2.0

Is it possible to compare 2 custom dates. Am trying check if variables hold date1 is lessthan date2, if so, report saying date1 is older date.

I getting both dates from a. date1 from log file and date2 from application itself

now, both date1 and date2 are in required format ie,

$Date1 = Tue,Aug 16, 2016 12:40:03
$Date2 = Mon,Aug 22, 2016 16:33:02

my next step is compare these 2 dates and report if date1 is older date compare to Date2, which I don't know how to proceed.. Any help/ideas is much appreciated.

Thanks to Pete and Ansgar Wiechers

updated working Code :

$Date1DateTime = [DateTime]::ParseExact($Date1,'ddd,MMM d, yyyy, HH:mm:ss',[Globalization.CultureInfo]::InvariantCulture); $Date2DateTime = [DateTime]::ParseExact($Date2,'ddd,MMM d, yyyy, HH:mm:ss',[Globalization.CultureInfo]::InvariantCulture); $Date1DateTime -lt $Date2DateTime

Answer Source

You can only compare date strings if the string sort order is the same as the date sort order. For instance, date strings in ISO format are comparable:


Date strings in your custom format are not, because T comes after M, but August 16 should actually come before August 22:

Tue,Aug 16, 2016 12:40:03
Mon,Aug 22, 2016 16:33:02

If you don't have the date strings in ISO format it's usually better to parse them into actual DateTime values (as @PetSerAl suggested), particularly if your reference value is originally a DateTime anyway.

$fmt     = 'ddd,MMM d, yyyy, HH:mm:ss'
$culture = [Globalization.CultureInfo]::InvariantCulture

$Date1 = Get-Date $LogFileDate
$val   = (b2b.exe -readparams $param | Select-Object -Skip 1 -First 1) -split '='
$Date2 = [DateTime]::ParseExact($val[1], $fmt, $culture)

if ($Date1 -lt $Date2) {
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