Date Format Creator

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Available In The App Store

If you’re a developer you’ll know that working with dates can be difficult. Try to do anything reasonably complex with dates and before long you’ll be imagining a perfect world where countries stop shifting their hours backwards and forwards in a quest for more daylight, every month has the same number of days, timezones are abolished, and there are 10 hours in a day and so on and so on.

Date Format macOS app running on an Apple iMac displaying the various date format symbols chart

Date Format Creator aims to make working with dates a little bit easier by giving you a date formatter to test and experiment with. Enter your UTS date format, pick a date and see how an NSDateFormatter would convert it into a string. Enter a date as a string and see if it’s valid and becomes the date you’re expecting. Once you’re happy your format is correct you can export the Objective-C or Swift code to initialise a NSDateFormatter to your specifications.

Stop wasting time wondering why your dates aren’t being parsed and start using Date Format Creator.