Format Instant to String

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    Time Zone
    The Instant of time-zone format is required. Left out a time-zone,  does not know how to convert the instant to human date-time fields of the formatter, and therefore throws an exception.

    Formatter has can be added directly by using time-zone, the formatter using withZone() 

    DateTimeFormatter formatter =
        DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime( FormatStyle.SHORT )
                         .withLocale( Locale.UK )
                         .withZone( ZoneId.systemDefault() );

     String Generating
    Presently use that formatter to develop the String representation of the Instant.

    Instant instant =;
    String output = formatter.format( instant );

    Dump to console.

    System.out.println("formatter: " + formatter + " with zone: " + formatter.getZone() + " and Locale: " + formatter.getLocale() );
    System.out.println("instant: " + instant );
    System.out.println("output: " + output );

    This format has run by.

    formatter: Localized(SHORT,SHORT) with zone: US/Pacific and Locale: en_GB
    instant: 2015-06-02T21:34:33.616Z
    output: 02/06/15 14:34
    Answered on December 20, 2018.
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    Use This Code:

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        DateTimeFormatter DATE_TIME_FORMATTER = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss")
        System.out.println(DATE_TIME_FORMATTER.format(new Date().toInstant()));
    Answered on January 16, 2019.
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    You should set time zone to formatter and all will be fine, like this :

    Instant instant = Instant.ofEpochMilli(92554380000L);
    DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime(FormatStyle.SHORT).withLocale(Locale.UK).withZone(ZoneOffset.UTC);
    assert formatter.format(instant).equals("07/12/72 05:33");
    assert instant.toString().equals("1972-12-07T05:33:00Z");
    Answered on January 16, 2019.
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