golang struct convert unix timestamp to date string

golang struct convert unix timestamp to date string

Let's quickly check how we can convert unix timestamp to date string in a Go language. You may already used the unix timestamp, but let's quickly go through what is a unix timestamp ? the Unix timestamp is a way to track time as a running total of seconds. This count starts at the Unix Epoch on January 1st, 1970 at UTC.

Convert unix timestamp or Epoch to date string

Lets do a simple code that can convert the unix epoch to date string.

package main

import "fmt"
import "time"

func main() {
  var unixTime int64 = 1573142098
  t := time.Unix(unixTime, 0)
  strDate := t.Format(time.UnixDate) 
// output: Thu Nov  7 15:54:58 UTC 2019

Create Epoch type to use in a Struct

Let's create a type "Epoch" and bind the methods "MarshalJSON" that converts the epoch time to a date string. Let's bind another method "UnmarshalJSON" that converts a date string(i.e bytes array) to epoch time.  These two methods will be used when we use json decoding and encoding.

package main

import (

type Epoch int64

func (t Epoch) MarshalJSON() ([]byte, error) {
	strDate := time.Time(time.Unix(int64(t), 0)).Format(time.RFC3339)
	out := []byte(`"` + strDate + `"`)
	return out, nil

func (t *Epoch) UnmarshalJSON(b []byte) (err error) {
	s := strings.Trim(string(b), "\"")
	q, err := time.Parse(time.RFC3339, s)
	if err != nil {
		return err
	*t = Epoch(q.Unix())
	return nil

type MyStruct struct {
	Date Epoch

func main() {
	s := MyStruct{Date: Epoch(1980342000)}
	js, err := json.Marshal(s)
	fmt.Println(string(js), err)

	b := []byte(`{"date": "2032-10-02T15:00:00Z"}`)
	var m MyStruct
	err = json.Unmarshal(b, &m)
	fmt.Println(m.Date, err)
// 1980342000
// {"Date":"2032-10-02T15:00:00Z"} 
// 1980342000 

That's it folks. Let's do more on go language in upcoming articles.

  1. https://golang.org/pkg/encoding/json/
  2. https://golang.org/pkg/fmt/
  3. https://golang.org/pkg/strings/
  4. https://golang.org/pkg/time/


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