If you have a Unix timestamp and you want to convert it to a human-readable format from the command line on macOS the
date command can help.
$ date -ur 1629910494 Wed 25 Aug 2021 16:54:54 UTC
The shortest syntax uses the
-r option followed by the Unix timestamp string.
A more verbose version of the same thing is to use the
-f option and pass
%s which indicates the timestamp is formatted as the number of seconds since the Unix Epoch.
$ date -ju -f "%s" 1629872092 Wed 25 Aug 2021 06:14:52 UTC
You’ll notice the above output is in UTC. If you want to convert to your computer’s local time zone, omit the
$ date -r 1629872092 Wed 25 Aug 2021 14:14:52 WITA
Of course, you can combine this with other command-line techniques to convert Unix timestamps coming via
stdIn or sub-shells.
$ date -ju -f "%s" $(vipgo api GET '/sites/4228/data-sync/progress' | jq -r '.startTime')
Above is an example of using a subshell, while below, we use
xargs to pass output to and execute
$ vipgo api GET '/sites/4228/data-sync/progress' | jq -r '.startTime' | xargs date -ur Wed 25 Aug 2021 16:54:54 UTC
Bonus: See the current time in UTC from the command line
$ date -u Wed 25 Aug 2021 10:20:44 UTC
This quick command returns the current time in UTC format for your cross-time-zone scheduling needs.