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java text SimpleDateFormat class


The SimpleDateFormat is a concrete class fused or formatting and parsing dates in a locale-sensitive manner. It is a sub class of DateFormat class. It allows us to start by choosing any user-defined patterns for date-time formatting.

SimpleDateFormat format codes

Character Description Example
G Era designator AD
y Year in four digits 2001
M Month in year July or 07
d Day in month 10
h Hour in A.M./P.M. (1~12) 12
H Hour in day (0~23) 22
m Minute in hour 30
s Second in minute 55
S Millisecond 234
E Day in week Tuesday
D Day in year 360
F Day of week in month 2 (second Wed. in July)
w Week in year 40
W Week in month 1
a A.M./P.M. marker PM
k Hour in day (1~24) 24
K Hour in A.M./P.M. (0~11) 10
z Time zone Eastern Standard Time
Escape for text Delimiter
Single quote `

java.text.SimpleDateFormat class example

package com.codesjava;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
public class SimpleDateFormatTest {
	public static void main(String args[]){
		SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("dd-MM-yyyy");
		String date = sdf.format(new Date()); 


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