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Converts a set of input date/time attributes from one format to another, in place. The input can contain a date, a time (with or without UTC offset), a datetime (with or without UTC offset), or a Unix epoch time.

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Typical Uses

DateTimeConverter can be used to convert date/time values into Standard FME Date/Time Format, and convert standard FME date/time values in a destination format.

How does it work?

DateTimeConverter uses @DateTimeParse() and @DateTimeFormat() underneath the cover. @DateTimeParse() is used to parse an input value, and @DateTimeFormat() is used to format an output value.


Input Ports

Output Ports


Note: Input Format and Output Format presets can be used for date/time validation. For example, by setting both input and output format strings to "FME", non-FME datetime values will be rejected by DateTimeConverter. Repair Overflow allows leap seconds and other overflow parts to be rolled forward.


The Preview pane shows either sample input and output for the given Input/Output Format strings, or an error message on why the conversion would fail. When Input Data is not specified, sample input is generated from the current timestamp.

Note: The preview feature does not work when the Input Format or the Output Format field is specified from an attribute.

Quick Reference

A brief documentation of all the supported format flags for Input Format and Output Format.

Editing Transformer Parameters

Using a set of menu options, transformer parameters can be assigned by referencing other elements in the workspace. More advanced functions, such as an advanced editor and an arithmetic editor, are also available in some transformers. To access a menu of these options, click beside the applicable parameter. For more information, see Transformer Parameter Menu Options.

Defining Values

There are several ways to define a value for use in a Transformer. The simplest is to simply type in a value or string, which can include functions of various types such as attribute references, math and string functions, and workspace parameters. There are a number of tools and shortcuts that can assist in constructing values, generally available from the drop-down context menu adjacent to the value field.


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Processing Behavior


Feature Holding


Dependencies None
FME Licensing Level FME Base Edition and above







Calculated Values


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