Rust program to print the UTC date-time in RFC 2822

Rust | Date & Time Example: Write a program to print the UTC date-time in RFC 2822.
Submitted by Nidhi, on November 10, 2021

Problem Solution:

In this program, we will get the current UTC date-time and get RFC 2822 from UTC date-time using the to_rfc2822() function.

Add Chrono date-time external library to your project

  1. Create your project using the below command.
    $cargo new datetime -bin
  2. Goto the project folder cd datetime and edit Cargo.toml file.
    $datetime>nano Cargo.toml
  3. Then add dependency in Cargo.toml file
    chrono = "0.4"
  4. After that, build your project using the below command
    $datetime>cargo build
  5. Then execute your project after modification in src/ source file.
    $datetime>cargo run

Program/Source Code:

The source code to print UTC date-time in RFC 2822 is given below. The given program is compiled and executed on UBUNTU 18.04 successfully.

// Rust program to print UTC date-time 
/// in RFC 2822

use chrono::{DateTime, Utc};

fn main() {
    let currentUTC: DateTime<Utc> = Utc::now();

    println!("UTC date-time: {}", currentUTC);
    println!("UTC date-time in RFC 2822: {}", currentUTC.to_rfc2822());


$datetime> cargo run
   Compiling datetime v0.1.0 (/home/arvind/Desktop/rust/datetime)
    Finished dev [unoptimized + debuginfo] target(s) in 0.29s
     Running `target/debug/datetime`

UTC date-time: 2021-10-31 04:03:40.646184101 UTC
UTC date-time in RFC 2822: Sun, 31 Oct 2021 04:03:40 +0000


In the above program, we imported the "Chrono" library to our project for performing date and time operations. We imported the Chrono library using the below line:

use chrono::Utc;

In the main() function, we got the current UTC date-time using the Utc::now() method and got the RFC 2822 from UTC date-time, and printed the result.

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