How to parse string with date, but without time in local format to ZonedDateTime?

This question is similar to How to parse ZonedDateTime with default zone? but addinitional condition.

I have a string param that represent a date in UK format: "3/6/09". It doesn't contain time, only date. But may contain it and even time zone. And I want to parse it to ZonedDateTime.

public static ZonedDateTime parse(String value) { DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime(SHORT).withLocale(Locale.UK).withZone(ZoneId.systemDefault()); TemporalAccessor temporalAccessor = formatter.parseBest(value, ZonedDateTime::from, LocalDateTime::from, LocalDate::from); if (temporalAccessor instanceof ZonedDateTime) { return ((ZonedDateTime) temporalAccessor); } if (temporalAccessor instanceof LocalDateTime) { return ((LocalDateTime) temporalAccessor).atZone(ZoneId.systemDefault()); } return ((LocalDate) temporalAccessor).atStartOfDay(ZoneId.systemDefault()); }

But, it fails with exception:

java.time.format.DateTimeParseException: Text '3/6/2009' could not be parsed at index 6

It's a bug for me, or isn't?


In my opinion is not a bug. Your approach is flawed.

First of all you are returning a ZonedDateTime so it is expected that the String contains full date, time and zone information. The string "3/6/09" should be parsed to a LocalDate.

Second, you are delegating a runtime detection of format to the library. Again, you should be parsing/formatting an expected format. Your application should know wether is expecting a full date & time or a partial (only date or only time).

Anyway you will have more luck detecting the format and then using different parsing methods.

Only local date:

DateTimeFormatter .ofLocalizedDate(FormatStyle.SHORT) .parse(value, LocalDate::from)`

Zoned date and time:

DateTimeFormatter .ofLocalizedDateTime(FormatStyle.SHORT, FormatStyle.SHORT) .parse(value, ZonedDateTime::from)`


The format used can be seen using the getLocalizedDateTimePattern() method:

String fmt = DateTimeFormatterBuilder.getLocalizedDateTimePattern( FormatStyle.SHORT, FormatStyle.SHORT, IsoChronology.INSTANCE, Locale.UK);

The result is "dd/MM/yy HH:mm".

As such, the format is expecting both a date and a time with a space separator, so that is what must be provided.

In addition, the format/parse expects there to be two digits for the day-of-month and two digits for the month-of-year. Thus, you would need to pass in "03/06/09 00:00" in order to get the result you expect, in which case you can parse directly to a LocalDateTime.

Alternatively, use ofLocalizedDate():

DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDate(FormatStyle.SHORT).withLocale(Locale.UK); LocalDate date = LocalDate.parse("03/06/99", formatter);

Note that the input must still have two digits for the day and month.

Alternatively, parse using a specific pattern that can handle the missing leading zeroes:

DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("d/M/yy"); LocalDate date = LocalDate.parse("3/6/99", formatter); LocalDate date = LocalDate.parse("03/06/99", formatter); // handles both "3/6/99" and "03/06/99"

Update: Lenient parsing also handles this case:

DateTimeFormatter formatter = new DateTimeFormatterBuilder() .parseLenient().appendPattern("dd/MM/yy").toFormatter(); LocalDate date = LocalDate.parse("3/6/99", formatter); LocalDate date = LocalDate.parse("03/06/99", formatter); // handles both "3/6/99" and "03/06/99"


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