converting UTC date string to local date string inspecific format


I have a UTC date in string

String utcDate = "2014-03-05 07:09:07.0";

I want to convert it to local date string of format DD-MMM-YYYY hh:mm a eg: 5-Mar-2014 12:39 PM from UTC date 2014-03-05 07:09:07.0

How this can be achieved using simple java or joda API


Very easy to achieve with default functionality. I hope the local data is for display only.

SimpleDateFormat parser = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.S"); parser.setTimeZone(TimeZone.getTimeZone("UTC")); Date parsed = parser.parse(utcDate); SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("d-MMM-yyyy hh:mm a"); System.out.println(formatter.format(parsed));


The java.util.Date and .Calendar classes are notoriously troublesome. Avoid them. Instead use either <a href="http://www.joda.org/joda-time/" rel="nofollow">Joda-Time</a> library or the new <a href="http://download.java.net/jdk8/docs/api/java/time/package-summary.html" rel="nofollow">java.time package</a> in bundled with <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Java_version_history#Java_SE_8" rel="nofollow">Java 8</a>.

If you use the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ISO_8601" rel="nofollow">ISO 8601</a> format of strings, you can pass the string directly to a Joda-Time <a href="http://www.joda.org/joda-time/apidocs/org/joda/time/DateTime.html" rel="nofollow">DateTime</a> constructor. Your input string is close, but the space in the middle should be a T.

Some example code using the Joda-Time 2.3 library.

String input = "2014-03-05 07:09:07.0"; String inputModified = input.replace( " ", "T" ); DateTimeZone timeZone = DateTimeZone.forID( "Europe/Paris" ); DateTime dateTimeUtc = new DateTime( inputModified, DateTimeZone.UTC ); DateTime dateTimeParis = dateTimeUTC.toZone( timeZone ); String outputFrance = DateTimeFormat.forPattern( "FF" ).withLocale(Locale.FRANCE).print( dateTimeParis ); DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormat.forPattern( "d-MMM-yyyy hh:mm a" ).withLocale( Locale.US ); String outputParisCustom = formatter.print( dateTimeParis );


Below code will help you to convert your UTC to IST or any other timezone. You need to pay attention to the timezone that you want to use with SimpleDateFormat.

import java.text.ParseException; import java.text.SimpleDateFormat; import java.util.Date; import java.util.TimeZone; public class ConvertTimeZone { public static void main(String args[]) throws ParseException { SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss"); sdf.setTimeZone(TimeZone.getTimeZone("UTC")); Date date = sdf.parse("2014-03-05 07:09:07"); System.out.println("time in UTC " +sdf.format(date)); sdf.setTimeZone(TimeZone.getTimeZone("IST")); System.out.println("Time in IST is " + sdf.format(date)); } }


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