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Parse custom formatted date with SimpleDateFormat

With this example we are going to demonstrate how to parse custom formatted date with SimpleDateFormat. SimpleDateFormat is a concrete class for formatting and parsing dates in a locale-sensitive manner. It allows formatting (date -> text), parsing (text -> date), and normalization. In short, to parse custom formatted date with SimpleDateFormat you should:

  • Create a new SimpleDateFormat, using a String pattern. The pattern describes the date and time format.
  • Invoke the parse(String source) API method to parse text from the beginning of the given string to produce a date. It will return a Date parsed from the string.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;

public class ParseCustomFormattedDateWithSimpleDateFormat {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		try {
			DateFormat df = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm");
			// parse string in custom format into date object
			Date date = df.parse("10/11/2011 16:24");
		catch (ParseException pe) {
			System.out.println("Parse Exception : " + pe.getMessage());



Thu Nov 10 16:24:00 EET 2011

This was an example of how to parse custom formatted date with SimpleDateFormat in Java.

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