Toby Joiner Toby Joiner - 2 months ago 19
Ruby Question

Convert DateTime String to UTC in rails

I have a string like this:

"2010-01-01 12:30:00"


I need that to convert to UTC from the current local time zone.

I tried this, but it seems to think that the string is already UTC.

"2010-01-01 12:30:00".to_datetime.in_time_zone("Central Time (US & Canada)")
=> Fri, 01 Jan 2010 06:30:00 CST -06:00


I am not sure where to go from here.

added this from my comment:

>> Time.zone = "Pacific Time (US & Canada)"
=> "Pacific Time (US & Canada)"
>> Time.parse("2010-10-27 00:00:00").getutc
=> Wed Oct 27 06:00:00 UTC 2010
>> Time.zone = "Mountain Time (US & Canada)"
=> "Mountain Time (US & Canada)"
>> Time.parse("2010-10-27 00:00:00").getutc
=> Wed Oct 27 06:00:00 UTC 2010


Thanks for any help.

Answer

Time.parse("2010-01-01 12:30:00").getutc

EDIT

(grinding teeth while thinking about the nightmare which is Ruby/Rails date/time handling)

OK, how about this:

Time.zone.parse("2010-01-01 12:30:00").utc

Note that Time.zone.parse returns a DateTime, while appending the .utc gives you a Time. There are differences, so beware.

Also, Time.zone is part of Rails (ActiveSupport), not Ruby. Just so you know.