Golang : Date and Time formatting

Our civilizations won't progress till this stage without proper understanding, parsing and organising our lives base on date and time. Golang's time package has the functions to help us to deal with time and date.

Here is a example of parsing time as string to timestamp and changing the time format.

 package main

 import (

 func main() {

 // get current timestamp
 currentTime := time.Now().Local()


 // don't like the standard format ?
 // change it

 newFormat := currentTime.Format("2006-01-02 15:00:00 +0800")


 // Changing time layout(form)
 str := "Dec 29, 2014 at 7:54pm (SGT)"
 newLayout := "Jan 2, 2006 at 3:04pm (MST)"
 newTime, _ := time.Parse(newLayout, str)

Output :

2014-12-29 12:04:53.531591733 +0800 SGT

2014-12-29 12:00:00 +0800


2014-12-29 19:54:00 +0800 SGT

Reference :


By Adam Ng

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