Ruby Convert Date to TimeStamp

1. Introduction

A Date object in Ruby represents a date without a time of day, while a timestamp is a long integer representing the number of seconds (or milliseconds) since a specific epoch (typically January 1, 1970, UTC). Converting a Date to a timestamp means calculating the number of seconds from the epoch to the given date.

2. Program Steps

1. Create or obtain a Date object.

2. Convert the Date object to a Time object, which includes the time of day.

3. Convert the Time object to a timestamp.

3. Code Program

# Step 1: Create a Date object
require 'date'
date =, 4, 5)

# Step 2: Convert the Date object to a Time object
# Assuming we're using midnight as the time of day
time =, date.month,

# Step 3: Convert the Time object to a timestamp (seconds since epoch)
timestamp = time.to_i

# Output the timestamp
puts timestamp




1. date is initialized as a Date object representing April 5, 2023.

2. time is a Time object derived from date assuming midnight as the time since no specific time of day is provided in a Date object.

3. time.to_i converts the Time object to an integer timestamp representing the number of seconds since the Unix epoch (January 1, 1970, UTC).

4. puts timestamp prints out the timestamp, which is the integer value representing the specific moment in time as seconds since the epoch.