toDate(str: String, format: String | Null = null, locale: String | Null = null): Date

Transforms a String value into a Date value and accepts a format and locale.

Introduced in DataWeave version 2.4.0.


Name Description


The String value to transform into a Date value.


The formatting to use on the Date value. A null value has no effect on the Date value. This parameter accepts Java character patterns based on ISO-8601. A Date value, such as 2011-12-03, has the format uuuu-MM-dd.


Optional ISO 3166 country code to use, such as US, AR, or ES. A null or absent value uses your JVM default.


This example shows how toDate behaves with different inputs. It produces output in the application/dw format.


%dw 2.0
import * from dw::util::Coercions
output application/dw
  a: toDate("2015-10-01"),
  b: toDate("2003/10/01","uuuu/MM/dd")


  a: |2015-10-01|,
  b: |2003-10-01| as Date {format: "uuuu/MM/dd"}

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