Get Date Object In UTC format in Java


I have written following code. I want to get Date object in UTC format.

I am able to get expected date string in UTC using SimpleDateFormat. But using same SimpleDateFormat object, I am not able to get object in UTC format. It is returning object with IST format.

After searching, I found that Date object doesn't store timestamp info.

How can I get date object in UTC format ?

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

public class dddd {

     * @param args
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        System.out.println("Input - "+1393572325000L);
        DateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
        Date date= new Date(1393572325000L);  
        String dateString = formatter.format(date);

        System.out.println("Converted UTC TIME (using Format method) : "+dateString);

        Date date2 =null;
        try {
            date2 = formatter.parse(dateString);
        } catch (ParseException e) {

        System.out.println("Parsed Date Object (using Parse method) : "+date2);

        System.out.println("Expected Date Object : Fri Feb 28 07:25:25 UTC 2014");



This prints following output :

Input - 1393572325000
Converted UTC TIME (using Format method) : 2014-02-28 07:25:25
Parsed Date Object (using Parse method) : Fri Feb 28 12:55:25 IST 2014
Expected Date Object : Fri Feb 28 07:25:25 UTC 2014

This question is tagged with java simpledateformat

~ Asked on 2014-02-28 09:27:48

The Best Answer is


final Date currentTime = new Date();
final SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("EEE, MMM d, yyyy hh:mm:ss a z");
System.out.println("UTC time: " + sdf.format(currentTime));

~ Answered on 2014-02-28 09:36:34


A Date doesn't have any time zone. What you're seeing is only the formatting of the date by the Date.toString() method, which uses your local timezone, always, to transform the timezone-agnostic date into a String that you can understand.

If you want to display the timezone-agnostic date as a string using the UTC timezone, then use a SimpleDateFormat with the UTC timezone (as you're already doing in your question).

In other terms, the timezone is not a property of the date. It's a property of the format used to transform the date into a string.

~ Answered on 2014-02-28 09:33:38

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