The REST API uses the default date format yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss.SSSZ, which represents a date with milliseconds and timezone information, e.g., 2016-01-25T13:33:42.165+0100.

If you add a date as a GET request parameter, remember the URL encoding, e.g. 2016-01-25T13:33:42.165%2b0100.

Custom Date Format

A custom date format can be configured in the web.xml file of the REST API. To do so, the ServletContextListener CustomJacksonDateFormatListener has to be added. The custom date format can be specified by the context parameter

For example, if the date format should not contain milliseconds and timezone information (yyyy-MM-dd'T'HH:mm:ss) the following configuration can be used.

To achieve this, you can edit the WEB-INF/web.xml file as follows:

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<web-app version="2.5" xmlns=""

  <!-- ... -->



  <!-- ... -->

With this configuration the REST API will return dates with millisecond precision and timezone information. Also, new dates with milliseconds and timezone information can be submitted to the REST API without losing these details.

Webapps compatibility

Be aware that, to be able to use the Camunda webapps, the date format must correspond to the following:


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