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Go Date Parser

Parse many date strings without knowing format in advance. Uses a scanner to read bytes and use a state machine to find format. Much faster than shotgun based parse methods. See bench_test.go for performance comparison.

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MM/DD/YYYY VS DD/MM/YYYY Right now this uses mm/dd/yyyy WHEN ambiguous if this is not desired behavior, use ParseStrict which will fail on ambiguous date strings.

Timezones The location your server is configured effects the results! See example or https://play.golang.org/p/IDHRalIyXh and last paragraph here https://golang.org/pkg/time/#Parse.

// Normal parse.  Equivalent Timezone rules as time.Parse()
t, err := dateparse.ParseAny("3/1/2014")

// Parse Strict, error on ambigous mm/dd vs dd/mm dates
t, err := dateparse.ParseStrict("3/1/2014")
> returns error 

// Return a string that represents the layout to parse the given date-time.
layout, err := dateparse.ParseFormat("May 8, 2009 5:57:51 PM")
> "Jan 2, 2006 3:04:05 PM"

cli tool for testing dateformats

Date Parse CLI

Extended example

https://github.com/araddon/dateparse/blob/master/example/main.go

package main

import (
	"flag"
	"fmt"
	"time"

	"github.com/apcera/termtables"
	"github.com/araddon/dateparse"
)

var examples = []string{
	"May 8, 2009 5:57:51 PM",
	"oct 7, 1970",
	"oct 7, '70",
	"oct. 7, 1970",
	"oct. 7, 70",
	"Mon Jan  2 15:04:05 2006",
	"Mon Jan  2 15:04:05 MST 2006",
	"Mon Jan 02 15:04:05 -0700 2006",
	"Monday, 02-Jan-06 15:04:05 MST",
	"Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:04:05 MST",
	"Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:28:13 +0200 (CEST)",
	"Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:04:05 -0700",
	"Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:53:36 +0000",
	"Mon Aug 10 15:44:11 UTC+0100 2015",
	"Fri Jul 03 2015 18:04:07 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time)",
	"September 17, 2012 at 10:09am PST-08",
	"October 7, 1970",
	"12 Feb 2006, 19:17",
	"12 Feb 2006 19:17",
	"7 oct 70",
	"7 oct 1970",
	"03 February 2013",
	"2013-Feb-03",
	//   mm/dd/yy
	"3/31/2014",
	"03/31/2014",
	"08/21/71",
	"8/1/71",
	"4/8/2014 22:05",
	"04/08/2014 22:05",
	"4/8/14 22:05",
	"04/2/2014 03:00:51",
	"8/8/1965 12:00:00 AM",
	"8/8/1965 01:00:01 PM",
	"8/8/1965 01:00 PM",
	"8/8/1965 1:00 PM",
	"8/8/1965 12:00 AM",
	"4/02/2014 03:00:51",
	"03/19/2012 10:11:59",
	"03/19/2012 10:11:59.3186369",
	// yyyy/mm/dd
	"2014/3/31",
	"2014/03/31",
	"2014/4/8 22:05",
	"2014/04/08 22:05",
	"2014/04/2 03:00:51",
	"2014/4/02 03:00:51",
	"2012/03/19 10:11:59",
	"2012/03/19 10:11:59.3186369",
	// Chinese
	"2014年04月08日",
	//   yyyy-mm-ddThh
	"2006-01-02T15:04:05+0000",
	"2009-08-12T22:15:09-07:00",
	"2009-08-12T22:15:09",
	"2009-08-12T22:15:09Z",
	//   yyyy-mm-dd hh:mm:ss
	"2014-04-26 17:24:37.3186369",
	"2012-08-03 18:31:59.257000000",
	"2014-04-26 17:24:37.123",
	"2013-04-01 22:43",
	"2013-04-01 22:43:22",
	"2014-12-16 06:20:00 UTC",
	"2014-12-16 06:20:00 GMT",
	"2014-04-26 05:24:37 PM",
	"2014-04-26 13:13:43 +0800",
	"2014-04-26 13:13:43 +0800 +08",
	"2014-04-26 13:13:44 +09:00",
	"2012-08-03 18:31:59.257000000 +0000 UTC",
	"2015-09-30 18:48:56.35272715 +0000 UTC",
	"2015-02-18 00:12:00 +0000 GMT",
	"2015-02-18 00:12:00 +0000 UTC",
	"2015-02-08 03:02:00 +0300 MSK m=+0.000000001",
	"2015-02-08 03:02:00.001 +0300 MSK m=+0.000000001",
	"2017-07-19 03:21:51+00:00",
	"2014-04-26",
	"2014-04",
	"2014",
	"2014-05-11 08:20:13,787",
	// mm.dd.yy
	"3.31.2014",
	"03.31.2014",
	"08.21.71",
	"2014.03",
	//  yyyymmdd and similar
	"20140601",
	"20140722105203",
	// unix seconds, ms, micro, nano
	"1332151919",
	"1384216367189",
	"1384216367111222",
	"1384216367111222333",
}

var (
	timezone = ""
)

func main() {
	flag.StringVar(&timezone, "timezone", "UTC", "Timezone aka `America/Los_Angeles` formatted time-zone")
	flag.Parse()

	if timezone != "" {
		// NOTE:  This is very, very important to understand
		// time-parsing in go
		loc, err := time.LoadLocation(timezone)
		if err != nil {
			panic(err.Error())
		}
		time.Local = loc
	}

	table := termtables.CreateTable()

	table.AddHeaders("Input", "Parsed, and Output as %v")
	for _, dateExample := range examples {
		t, err := dateparse.ParseLocal(dateExample)
		if err != nil {
			panic(err.Error())
		}
		table.AddRow(dateExample, fmt.Sprintf("%v", t))
	}
	fmt.Println(table.Render())
}

/*
+-------------------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
| Input                                                 | Parsed, and Output as %v                |
+-------------------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
| May 8, 2009 5:57:51 PM                                | 2009-05-08 17:57:51 +0000 UTC           |
| oct 7, 1970                                           | 1970-10-07 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| oct 7, '70                                            | 1970-10-07 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| oct. 7, 1970                                          | 1970-10-07 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| oct. 7, 70                                            | 1970-10-07 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| Mon Jan  2 15:04:05 2006                              | 2006-01-02 15:04:05 +0000 UTC           |
| Mon Jan  2 15:04:05 MST 2006                          | 2006-01-02 15:04:05 +0000 MST           |
| Mon Jan 02 15:04:05 -0700 2006                        | 2006-01-02 15:04:05 -0700 -0700         |
| Monday, 02-Jan-06 15:04:05 MST                        | 2006-01-02 15:04:05 +0000 MST           |
| Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:04:05 MST                         | 2006-01-02 15:04:05 +0000 MST           |
| Tue, 11 Jul 2017 16:28:13 +0200 (CEST)                | 2017-07-11 16:28:13 +0200 +0200         |
| Mon, 02 Jan 2006 15:04:05 -0700                       | 2006-01-02 15:04:05 -0700 -0700         |
| Thu, 4 Jan 2018 17:53:36 +0000                        | 2018-01-04 17:53:36 +0000 UTC           |
| Mon Aug 10 15:44:11 UTC+0100 2015                     | 2015-08-10 15:44:11 +0000 UTC           |
| Fri Jul 03 2015 18:04:07 GMT+0100 (GMT Daylight Time) | 2015-07-03 18:04:07 +0100 GMT           |
| September 17, 2012 at 10:09am PST-08                  | 2012-09-17 10:09:00 -0800 PST           |
| October 7, 1970                                       | 1970-10-07 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 12 Feb 2006, 19:17                                    | 2006-02-12 19:17:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 12 Feb 2006 19:17                                     | 2006-02-12 19:17:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 7 oct 70                                              | 1970-10-07 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 7 oct 1970                                            | 1970-10-07 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 03 February 2013                                      | 2013-02-03 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2013-Feb-03                                           | 2013-02-03 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 3/31/2014                                             | 2014-03-31 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 03/31/2014                                            | 2014-03-31 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 08/21/71                                              | 1971-08-21 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 8/1/71                                                | 1971-08-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 4/8/2014 22:05                                        | 2014-04-08 22:05:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 04/08/2014 22:05                                      | 2014-04-08 22:05:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 4/8/14 22:05                                          | 2014-04-08 22:05:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 04/2/2014 03:00:51                                    | 2014-04-02 03:00:51 +0000 UTC           |
| 8/8/1965 12:00:00 AM                                  | 1965-08-08 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 8/8/1965 01:00:01 PM                                  | 1965-08-08 13:00:01 +0000 UTC           |
| 8/8/1965 01:00 PM                                     | 1965-08-08 13:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 8/8/1965 1:00 PM                                      | 1965-08-08 13:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 8/8/1965 12:00 AM                                     | 1965-08-08 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 4/02/2014 03:00:51                                    | 2014-04-02 03:00:51 +0000 UTC           |
| 03/19/2012 10:11:59                                   | 2012-03-19 10:11:59 +0000 UTC           |
| 03/19/2012 10:11:59.3186369                           | 2012-03-19 10:11:59.3186369 +0000 UTC   |
| 2014/3/31                                             | 2014-03-31 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014/03/31                                            | 2014-03-31 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014/4/8 22:05                                        | 2014-04-08 22:05:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014/04/08 22:05                                      | 2014-04-08 22:05:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014/04/2 03:00:51                                    | 2014-04-02 03:00:51 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014/4/02 03:00:51                                    | 2014-04-02 03:00:51 +0000 UTC           |
| 2012/03/19 10:11:59                                   | 2012-03-19 10:11:59 +0000 UTC           |
| 2012/03/19 10:11:59.3186369                           | 2012-03-19 10:11:59.3186369 +0000 UTC   |
| 2014年04月08日                                           | 2014-04-08 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2006-01-02T15:04:05+0000                              | 2006-01-02 15:04:05 +0000 UTC           |
| 2009-08-12T22:15:09-07:00                             | 2009-08-12 22:15:09 -0700 -0700         |
| 2009-08-12T22:15:09                                   | 2009-08-12 22:15:09 +0000 UTC           |
| 2009-08-12T22:15:09Z                                  | 2009-08-12 22:15:09 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-04-26 17:24:37.3186369                           | 2014-04-26 17:24:37.3186369 +0000 UTC   |
| 2012-08-03 18:31:59.257000000                         | 2012-08-03 18:31:59.257 +0000 UTC       |
| 2014-04-26 17:24:37.123                               | 2014-04-26 17:24:37.123 +0000 UTC       |
| 2013-04-01 22:43                                      | 2013-04-01 22:43:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2013-04-01 22:43:22                                   | 2013-04-01 22:43:22 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-12-16 06:20:00 UTC                               | 2014-12-16 06:20:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-12-16 06:20:00 GMT                               | 2014-12-16 06:20:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-04-26 05:24:37 PM                                | 2014-04-26 17:24:37 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-04-26 13:13:43 +0800                             | 2014-04-26 13:13:43 +0800 +0800         |
| 2014-04-26 13:13:43 +0800 +08                         | 2014-04-26 13:13:43 +0800 +0800         |
| 2014-04-26 13:13:44 +09:00                            | 2014-04-26 13:13:44 +0900 +0900         |
| 2012-08-03 18:31:59.257000000 +0000 UTC               | 2012-08-03 18:31:59.257 +0000 UTC       |
| 2015-09-30 18:48:56.35272715 +0000 UTC                | 2015-09-30 18:48:56.35272715 +0000 UTC  |
| 2015-02-18 00:12:00 +0000 GMT                         | 2015-02-18 00:12:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2015-02-18 00:12:00 +0000 UTC                         | 2015-02-18 00:12:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2015-02-08 03:02:00 +0300 MSK m=+0.000000001          | 2015-02-08 03:02:00 +0300 +0300         |
| 2015-02-08 03:02:00.001 +0300 MSK m=+0.000000001      | 2015-02-08 03:02:00.001 +0300 +0300     |
| 2017-07-19 03:21:51+00:00                             | 2017-07-19 03:21:51 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-04-26                                            | 2014-04-26 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-04                                               | 2014-04-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014                                                  | 2014-01-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014-05-11 08:20:13,787                               | 2014-05-11 08:20:13.787 +0000 UTC       |
| 3.31.2014                                             | 2014-03-31 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 03.31.2014                                            | 2014-03-31 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 08.21.71                                              | 1971-08-21 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 2014.03                                               | 2014-03-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 20140601                                              | 2014-06-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC           |
| 20140722105203                                        | 2014-07-22 10:52:03 +0000 UTC           |
| 1332151919                                            | 2012-03-19 10:11:59 +0000 UTC           |
| 1384216367189                                         | 2013-11-12 00:32:47.189 +0000 UTC       |
| 1384216367111222                                      | 2013-11-12 00:32:47.111222 +0000 UTC    |
| 1384216367111222333                                   | 2013-11-12 00:32:47.111222333 +0000 UTC |
+-------------------------------------------------------+-----------------------------------------+
*/