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Thiago Massari Guedes
Thiago Massari Guedes

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How to deserialise DateTime from toml configuration

When implementing a new configuration parameter for Texted, I needed something to represent the date the blog started.

When looking into the TOML website, I was fortunate to discover that it has a data type for dates, so I could create the new parameter

blog_start_date = 2016-06-25
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However, my fortune was gone as I found that the Toml crate does not support deserialising.

First, I tried to find if any other crate implemented this, but I found nothing that worked and most of them were over complicated for my use case.

Then I thought, I am pretty sure I am not the only one with this need and with some searching, I found in Arnau Siches website a nice solution for what I needed and I am sharing here a slightly modified version of their solution

use std::str::FromStr;  

use chrono::{NaiveDate, ParseError};  
use serde::Deserialize;  

// Code adapted from  
#[derive(Copy, Clone, PartialEq, Debug)]  
pub struct TomlDate(pub NaiveDate);  

impl<'de> Deserialize<'de> for TomlDate {  
    fn deserialize<D>(deserializer: D) -> Result<Self, D::Error>  
            D: serde::Deserializer<'de>,  
        use serde::de::Error;  
        let value = toml::value::Datetime::deserialize(deserializer)?;  
        let date = TomlDate::from_str(&value.to_string()).map_err(Error::custom)?;  

impl FromStr for TomlDate {  
    type Err = ParseError;  

    fn from_str(s: &str) -> Result<Self, Self::Err> {  
        let naive = NaiveDate::from_str(s)?;  
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Of course, one small unit test to make sure it works.

mod tests {  
    use serde::Deserialize;  

    use super::*;  

    pub struct Personal {  
        pub activity_start_year: i32,  
        pub blog_start_date: TomlDate,  

    pub struct Config {  
        pub personal: Personal,  

    fn test_date_time() {  
        let toml_str = r##"  
activity_start_year = 2000  
blog_start_date = 2024-04-22  
        let cfg: Config = toml::from_str::<Config>(toml_str).unwrap();  
        assert_eq!(cfg.personal.blog_start_date, TomlDate(NaiveDate::from_ymd_opt(2024, 04, 22).unwrap()));  
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To conclude, please note that this code was adapted from a CC BY-NC 4.0 license

Link to author's blog: thiagocafe/How to deserialise DateTime from toml configuration

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