Converts a set of input date/time attributes from one format to another, in place.

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Typical Uses

  • Converting dates and times between formats

How does it work?

The 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.

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.

Converting Multiple Attributes

Multiple attributes can be selected for conversion in the Datetime Attributes parameter.

If all attribute values are successfully converted, the feature exits via the Output port.

If any values fail conversion, the feature is rejected, and output via the <Rejected> port. However, all requested attributes are still processed and any successfully converted values will be present in the rejected feature.

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.

Usage Notes


Input Ports

Output Ports


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.

Dialog Options - Tables

Transformers with table-style parameters have additional tools for populating and manipulating values.


Processing Behavior


Feature Holding


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