Java – Get current Unix timestamp from date string

The following piece of Java code could convert a date string into a Unix timestamp.

String dateString = "Fri, 09 Nov 2012 23:40:18 GMT";
DateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("EEE, dd MMM yyyy hh:mm:ss z");
Date date = dateFormat.parse(dateString);
long unixTime = (long)date.getTime()/1000;
System.out.println(unixTime); //<- prints 1352504418


Done =)



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