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How to convert an indexed date back to a Date in Jira 8

I'm setting a due date on an issue, which is now stored as a numeric string. For instance, setting a due date to December 19, 2018 on an issue gives me "17884" when reading the DocumentConstants.ISSUE_DUEDATE field of that issue from the index. How do I convert that string/number back to a Date?




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Apparently, that number is a number of days since Jan 1st, 1970.  So a dateString coming from Lucene is converted to a Date by

new java.util.Date(Long.parseLong(dateString) * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000);

 in JIRA 8.

Seth Utecht Atlassian Team Jan 16, 2019

Hey Marc-André,

Quick question, where are you getting the date string from? I ask because In the Lucene index itself, dates are now being stored as longs. 

But you're right on the money with the offset; we store due dates as the number of days since the unix/java epoch on Jan. 1st, 1970. Also, if you're able to make use of Java's new Date/Time api, 


makes the conversion a little easier.

Just a word of caution: for other Jira fields that capture both a date and a time, the number stored in the Lucene index is the number of milliseconds since midnight on the epoch.


Thanks for your reply @Seth Utecht!

We're getting string values because we're reading them from the index using e.g.


which returns an array of Strings. So a date value read that way is in fact a Long represented as a String (e.g. "17884").

Thanks for confirming our assumption about the date representation!  We also noticed what you mentioned about date and time values (like the `resolutiondate` field for instance) being formatted as a number of milliseconds. Does the jira api provide some utility method to safely parse a date OR date and time to a Date without the code having to know what's actually stored in a given index field?  Though we could just as well implement this by guessing based on the Long value length...

Seth Utecht Atlassian Team Jan 17, 2019

Hey @Marc-André Thibodeau,

Thanks for the clarification on the string values! 

And I'm afraid there's not a utility in the Jira api for parsing a date or date+time without knowing the underlying use of the field. 


Any help for doing this on Jira 7? I'm trying to read the "created" date but instead of getting a String I'm getting non-printable characters:


It seems like dates are stored as some kind of binary format. Do you know how can I convert this back to java.util.Date?

I found the answer here@Peter Runge says

"JIRA stores dates in Lucene as the number of seconds since the Epoch (1 January 1970) in Lucene long prefix-coded format." so you can either:

String lucenePrefixedCoded = document.get(DocumentConstants.ISSUE_CREATED);
long secondsSinceEpoch = NumericUtils.prefixCodedToLong(lucenePrefixedCoded);
Date created = new Date(secondsSinceEpoch * 1000);

or the shortcut:

Date created = LuceneUtils.stringToDate(document.get(DocumentConstants.ISSUE_CREATED));


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