how to convert UTC DateTime to local datetime in C#?

I want method which returns the string datetime in target locale format by taking the UTC DateTime and UTC DateTime offset in c#, here is the example code


public string ConvertToTargetTimeZone(DateTime utcDateTime, int timeDifference)
string targetDateTime = string.Empty;
targetDateTime = utcDateTime.AddMinutes(-timeDifference).ToString(dateTimeFormat);

return targetDateTime

return the target datetime in target locale format, for example, if I have -330 minutes offset for India and India datetime format is "dd/MM/yyyy" then it will return datetime in above format.

In short i want to find culture based on timeDifference
then culture return me the datetimeformatinfo



Asked by:- PayalSangtani
: 208 At:- 8/3/2017 7:14:11 AM datetime C# utc

2 Answers
profileImage Answered by:- bhanu

Thanks for asking a question here.

I tried to run above code, and it is returning the desired results for me, let me tell you what I entered and what was the output

public ActionResult Index()
            //Calling Function for testing
            var TestDate= ConvertToTargetTimeZone(DateTime.UtcNow, 330);

            return View();
public string ConvertToTargetTimeZone(DateTime utcDateTime, int timeDifference)
            string targetDateTime = string.Empty;
            targetDateTime = utcDateTime.AddMinutes(-timeDifference).ToString("dd/MM/yyyy");

            return targetDateTime;

So in my case, input was:

UTCDatetime: 8/3/2017 8:05:02 AM, timeDifference: 330


targetDatetime: 03/08/2017

Looks like it is already solved.

Another method can be

//Example input is : 2012-09-19 01:27:30.000, which has unspecified timezone, so you can use

DateTime convertedDate = DateTime.Parse(dateStr);

var kind = convertedDate.Kind; // will equal DateTimeKind.Unspecified

//Specify kind in it if you know, suppose it is UTC

DateTime convertedDate = DateTime.SpecifyKind(

var kind = convertedDate.Kind; // will equal DateTimeKind.Utc

//Now call .ToLocalTime()

DateTime dt = convertedDate.ToLocalTime();

//Now to convert it into specific format like "dd/MM/yyyy"

 targetDateTime= dt.ToString("dd/MM/yyyy hh:mm");

 return targetDateTime; // Output will be 19/09/2012 06:57

That's it,you are done.

At:- 8/3/2017 8:15:29 AM
actually in above solution you are DateTime dt = convertedDate.ToLocalTime(); and passing datetime format hard coded ,try to get culture based on timeDifference //then culture return me the datetimeformatinfo, is it possible? 0
By : PayalSangtani - at :- 8/3/2017 8:44:45 AM

profileImage Answered by:- Tonmoy

Just use this method. It  will return you local timezone date in datetime format. 

protected DateTime GetCurrentTime()
            DateTime serverTime = DateTime.Now;
            DateTime _localTime = TimeZoneInfo.ConvertTimeBySystemTimeZoneId(serverTime, 
            TimeZoneInfo.Local.Id, "Indian Standard Time");
            return _localTime;

Enjoy :)

At:- 8/4/2017 10:22:37 AM

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