NSTimeInterval Formatting

4 Solutions Collect From Internet About “NSTimeInterval Formatting”

NSTimeInterval interval = ...;    
NSDate *date = [NSDate dateWithTimeIntervalSince1970:interval];    
NSDateFormatter *dateFormatter = [[[NSDateFormatter alloc] init] autorelease];
[dateFormatter setDateFormat:@"HH:mm:ss"];
[dateFormatter setTimeZone:[NSTimeZone timeZoneWithName:@"UTC"]];
NSString *formattedDate = [dateFormatter stringFromDate:date];
NSLog(@"hh:mm:ss %@", formattedDate);

Since iOS 8.0 there is now NSDateComponentsFormatter which has a stringFromTimeInterval: method.

[[NSDateComponentsFormatter new] stringFromTimeInterval:timeInterval];

“Best” is subjective. The simplest way is this:

unsigned int seconds = (unsigned int)round(myTimeInterval);
NSString *string = [NSString stringWithFormat:@"%02u:%02u:%02u",
    seconds / 3600, (seconds / 60) % 60, seconds % 60];


As of iOS 8.0 and Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite), you can use NSDateComponentsFormatter if you need a locale-compliant solution. Example:

NSTimeInterval interval = 1234.56;
NSDateComponentsFormatter *formatter = [[NSDateComponentsFormatter alloc] init];
formatter.allowedUnits = NSCalendarUnitHour | NSCalendarUnitMinute |
formatter.zeroFormattingBehavior = NSDateComponentsFormatterZeroFormattingBehaviorPad;
NSString *string = [formatter stringFromTimeInterval:interval];
NSLog(@"%@", string);
// output: 0:20:34

However, I don’t see a way to force it to output two digits for the hour, so if that’s important to you, you’ll need to use a different solution.

A Swift version of @Michael Frederick’s answer :

let duration: NSTimeInterval = ...
let durationDate = NSDate(timeIntervalSince1970: duration)
let dateFormatter = NSDateFormatter()
dateFormatter.dateFormat = "HH:mm:ss"
dateFormatter.timeZone = NSTimeZone(name: "UTC")
let durationString = dateFormatter.stringFromDate(durationDate)