Represent CDF Time Values

This example shows how to extract date information from a CDF epoch object. CDF represents time differently than MATLAB®. CDF represents date and time as the number of milliseconds since 1-Jan-0000. This is called an epoch in CDF terminology. To represent CDF dates, MATLAB uses an object called a CDF epoch object. MATLAB also can represent a date and time as a datetime value or as a serial date number, which is the number of days since 0-Jan-0000. To access the time information in a CDF object, convert to one of these other representations.

Read the sample CDF file, example.cdf.

data = cdfread('example.cdf');
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  Name       Size            Bytes  Class    Attributes

  data      24x6             25248  cell               

cdfread returns a cell array.

Extract the date information from the first CDF epoch object returned in the cell array, data, using the todatenum function.

m_datenum = todatenum(data{1})
m_datenum = 730852

Convert the MATLAB serial date number to a datetime value.

m_datetime = datetime(m_datenum,'ConvertFrom','datenum')
m_datetime = datetime
   01-Jan-2001 00:00:00

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