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Raj R.Raj R. 

How to display date as mm/dd/yyyy when sending an email through apex class?

Hi,

I am trying to send an email where I include certain values from a customObj1. I noticed that when I insert the field "Start_Date__c" (type is Date) into the email body, then the field renders as "2015-08-12 00:00:00". This is not what I want.

How can I include a Date field that will output as "MM/DD/YYYY" (or MM-DD-YYY) in an email that is sent from an apex classes?
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Nisar799Nisar799

Hi rRup,

If you only want to format your date in your current user's locale then you can use below code.
 

Date dt = customObject1.StartDate__c;
String dtStr = dt.format();

OR if you want to keep a fixed date format as "MM/DD/YYYY" then use as
DateTime dt = customObj1.StartDate__c; //Start_Date__c is a date field, No need to worry it will be converted to datetime automatically.
String dtStr = dt.format('MM/dd/yyyy');

In the previos comment you were not getting expected result because 'mm' is for Minutes. So we must use 'MM' for month. 

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Mudasir WaniMudasir Wani
Hello,

use the below code just in place of myDT use your field.
Datetime myDT = Datetime.now(); // Returns the current Datetime based on a GMT calendar.
String myDate = myDT.format('mm-dd-yyyy'); // formats the date
system.debug('myDate='+myDate);

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Raj R.Raj R.
Hi Mudasir,

That does not work. Below is what i did and the results. Any other thoughts?
 
DateTime dt = customObj1.Start_Date__c; //Start_Date__c is a date field not datetime
String mydate = dt.format('mm-dd-yyyy');

expected value: 7/20/2015 (July 20, 2015)

results : 00-19-2015

 
Nisar799Nisar799

Hi rRup,

If you only want to format your date in your current user's locale then you can use below code.
 

Date dt = customObject1.StartDate__c;
String dtStr = dt.format();

OR if you want to keep a fixed date format as "MM/DD/YYYY" then use as
DateTime dt = customObj1.StartDate__c; //Start_Date__c is a date field, No need to worry it will be converted to datetime automatically.
String dtStr = dt.format('MM/dd/yyyy');

In the previos comment you were not getting expected result because 'mm' is for Minutes. So we must use 'MM' for month. 
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