Parse String as Date in Java

Date and Time patterns used in java.text.SimpleDateFormat

Letter Date or Time Component Presentation Examples
G Era designator Text AD
y Year Year 1996; 96
Y Week year Year 2009; 09
M Month in year Month July; Jul; 07
w Week in year Number 27
W Week in month Number 2
D Day in year Number 189
d Day in month Number 10
F Day of week in month Number 2
E Day name in week Text Tuesday; Tue
u Day number of week (1 = Monday, …, 7 = Sunday) Number 1
a Am/pm marker Text PM
H Hour in day (0-23) Number 0
k Hour in day (1-24) Number 24
K Hour in am/pm (0-11) Number 0
h Hour in am/pm (1-12) Number 12
m Minute in hour Number 30
s Second in minute Number 55
S Millisecond Number 978
z Time zone General time zone Pacific Standard Time; PST; GMT-08:00
Z Time zone RFC 822 time zone -0800
X Time zone ISO 8601 time zone -08; -0800; -08:00
If ‘M’ is 3 or more, then the month is interpreted as text, else number.

Examples:

SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("dd-MMM-yyyy");
    String dateInString = "7-Jun-2013";

    try {
 
    Date date = formatter.parse(dateInString);
    System.out.println(date);//Fri Jun 07 00:00:00 MYT 2013
        System.out.println(formatter.format(date));   
       } catch (ParseException e) {
              e.printStackTrace(); 
       }
SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("EEEE, MMM dd, yyyy HH:mm:ss a");
    String dateInString = "Friday, Jun 7, 2013 12:10:56 PM";        
 
    try {
 
        Date date = formatter.parse(dateInString);
        System.out.println(date);
        System.out.println(formatter.format(date));
 
    } catch (ParseException e) {
        e.printStackTrace();
    }
Fri Jun 07 12:10:56 MYT 2013
Friday, Jun 07, 2013 12:10:56 PM

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