Tutorial :Parsing date from Calendar in Java


I am having following function

public static Date parseDate(String date, String format) throws ParseException   {           SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat(format);           return formatter.parse(date);   }  

I am using this as follows in my code

Calendar eDate = Calendar.getInstance();  eDate.add(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH,10);  Date date = null;    try {     date = parseDate(eDate.getTime().toString(),"yyyy-MM-dd hh-mm-ss");    } catch (ParseException e) {     // TODO Auto-generated catch block     e.printStackTrace();    }  

But it is throwing -

 java.text.ParseException: Unparseable date  

What is the problem here?


The format is not stored in the Date. It is stored in the String. The Date#toString() returns a fixed format which is described in its Javadoc.

Do the formatting only at the moment you need to display a Date to a human as a String.

Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance();  calendar.add(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, 10);  Date date = calendar.getTime();  String formattedDate = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss").format(date);  System.out.println(formattedDate);  

Note that MM stands for months and mm for minutes. See also SimpleDateFormat javadoc.


You'll be happy to hear that there's never a need to parse a date from a Calendar object: The way to pull a Date out of a Calendar is via the getTime() method.


To output the date in eDate in ISO style format:

final DateFormat isoFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH-mm-ss");  String formattedDate = isoFormat.format(eDate.getTime());  

That's untested, but I think it should work.


You're currently formatting with the default format from java.util.Date, and then parsing with a potentially different format. You should also change your format string - it's currently using a 12 hour clock with no am/pm indicator, and minutes twice. I think you mean: "yyyy-MM-dd HH-mm-ss"


Don't use toString() for anything like that. toString() should be used only for debug messages.

Use DateFormat.format(..) to produce a string in a predictable form.


You're inserting a Zulu Timestamp (UNIX), getTime() returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT. Then you define the format as yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss and try to parse the timestamp with this pattern. Which doesn't match.

You could use Date date = calendar.getTime(); and then format it via new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH-mm-ss").format(date);


you can simply use the date returned by the calendar, instead of transforming it into string and back into a date (apparently using a wrong date format). The date can be obtained by:


There seems to be no need for SimpleDateFormat in your case.


Check the Date.toString() method.

The api states that it returns it in the format:

dow mon dd hh:mm:ss zzz yyyy  

which is:

Mon Jan 28 14:22:07 EST 2004  

You are telling the parser to expect: 2004-01-28 14-22-07



returns a String representation of a date in this format:

dow mon dd hh:mm:ss zzz yyyy (see the java.util.Date API).

You are trying to parse a date using this format:

yyyy-mm-dd hh-mm-ss .

The code is correctly throwing the ParseException.

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