JSTL - Core <fmt:parseDate> Tag

The <fmt:parseDate> tag is used to parse dates.


The <fmt:parseDate> tag has the following attributes −

Attribute Description Required Default
Value Date value to read (parse) No Body
type DATE, TIME, or BOTH No date
dateStyle FULL, LONG, MEDIUM, SHORT, or DEFAULT No Default
timeStyle FULL, LONG, MEDIUM, SHORT, or DEFAULT No Default
parseLocale Locale to use when parsing the date No Default locale
pattern Custom parsing pattern No None
timeZone Time zone of the parsed date No Default time zone
var Name of the variable to store the parsed date No Print to page
scope Scope of the variable to store the formatted date No page

A pattern attribute is provided that works just like the pattern attribute for the <fmt:formatDate> tag. However, in the case of parsing, the pattern attribute tells the parser what format to expect.


<%@ taglib prefix = "c" uri = "http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/core" %>
<%@ taglib prefix = "fmt" uri = "http://java.sun.com/jsp/jstl/fmt" %>

      <title>JSTL fmt:parseDate Tag</title>

      <h3>Date Parsing:</h3>
      <c:set var = "now" value = "20-10-2010" />
      <fmt:parseDate value = "${now}" var = "parsedEmpDate" pattern = "dd-MM-yyyy" />
      <p>Parsed Date: <c:out value = "${parsedEmpDate}" /></p>


The above code will generate the following result −

Date Parsing:

Parsed Date: Wed Oct 20 00:00:00 GST 2010

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