I have a question on how to convert EPOCH timestamps, which I receive as char*, into DD.MM.YYYY and HH:MM:SS format separately?

Here is more information on my Arduino project: The Arduino is receiving through an ESP8266 module three different EPOCH timestamps from the OpenWeatherMap API for sunrise, sunset and the current date. I want these 3 pieces of information to be displayed on a 1,3" OLED display, the date in DD.MM.YYYY and the other two timestamps in HH:MM format.

I was looking in several time libraries like TimeLib and RTC for a solution, but I wasn't able to find one.

That's my code fragment on receiving the timestamps:

DynamicJsonBuffer jsonBuffer(4096);
JsonObject& root = jsonBuffer.parseObject(client);

const char* date = root["dt"];
const char* sunrise = root["sys"]["sunrise"];
const char* sunset = root["sys"]["sunset"];

How to convert those timestamps?


2 Answers 2


Epoch are seconds from 1970-01-01. Get it from JSON as unsigned long. They are a number in the returned JSON (no ")

from https://openweathermap.org/ doc:


to convert it to string with TimeLib.h:

#include <TimeLib.h>
#include <ArduinoJson.h>

void setup() {


  const char* json = "{\"country\":\"JP\",\"sunrise\":1369769524,\"sunset\":1369821049}";

  DynamicJsonBuffer jsonBuffer;
  JsonObject& root = jsonBuffer.parseObject(json);

  unsigned long t = root["sunrise"];

  char buff[32];
  sprintf(buff, "%02d.%02d.%02d %02d:%02d:%02d", day(t), month(t), year(t), hour(t), minute(t), second(t));


void loop() {
  • note you might need to divide the timestamp by 1000 if it includes ms, like JS's Dates for example.
    – dandavis
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 18:31
  • @dandavis, I took the sample JSON from the openweathermap site
    – Juraj
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 18:39
  • For sure, I'm just pointing out that there's two "epoc"s to be aware of from web services, in general.
    – dandavis
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 18:41
  • For this example, it's not necessary to divide by 1000. Thank you very much for the help :)
    – imax10000
    Commented Feb 14, 2019 at 18:43
  • @Juraj I have one more question to this topic: Can TimeLib also convert EPOCH timestamps to day names?(Monday, etc.)
    – imax10000
    Commented Feb 15, 2019 at 10:53

I'm was having a similar challenge with my custom Wifi library m_wifi..cpp for the ESP32 ( see here )

After reading and googling I ended up coding the solution below:

ESP32Time rtc(0);
long int epochTime;

rtc.setTime( epochTime  );
Serial.println( rtc.getDateTime(true) );
  • can it be used on a non esp32 Arduino as in the question?
    – Juraj
    Commented Jun 29, 2023 at 12:17
  • yes. you can replicate the code to use on other than ESP32. Just need to find the compatible library for your specific MCU. Commented Jun 30, 2023 at 9:38

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