I'm passing a date/time field as a parameter to a page like this:


Start_date__c in object is a Date/Time field.

But when I open the link I get this error:

System.TypeException: Invalid date/time 

In the page I'm linking with that parameter, which I can not modify for now, I can see that this is the line that generates the error:

DateTime startDate  =   DateTime.valueOf(startDateInputString);

How can I modify the parameter in input to make this work?

The problem seems to be that I'm passing 01-24-2013 1.00 with a blank space in my url. Thanks

  • maybe related to the date getting url encoded. Try DateTime.valueOf(EncodingUtil.urlDecode(startDateInputString))
    – Phil Rymek
    Jan 24, 2014 at 15:58

3 Answers 3


Here's what a DateTime looks like when blatted out on a page as a string:

(format one)

Fri Nov 30 21:55:38 GMT 2012

You can't just hydrate that string back into a DateTime. You must construct or deserialize it.

Here's what a serialized DateTime looks like:

(format two)


It's not the same as the above string output. You need something more like this:

public DateTime dateFromUrl() {
    String serializedDate = ApexPages.currentPage().getParameters().get('startDate');
    return (DateTime)Json.deserialize(serializedDate, DateTime.class);

And as a good web citizen, if you're serving up the parameter in a link it should be URL encoded:


And you might note that the DateTime.valueOf method expects yet a different value:

(format three)

yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss

Knowing these, we can ensure that we are creating (and expecting) matching date formats.


I would try encoding the datetime to get a properly encoded url param, then decoding in your controller...

Before adding to the url...


In your controller on the receiving end...

DateTime dt = DateTime.valueOf(EncodingUtil.urlDecode(startDateInputString));
  • Thanks! {!URLENCODE(object.Start_date__c)} doesnt work and gives error Incorrect argument type for function 'URLENCODE(), seems it accepts string only and datetime/date when provided throws error. May 28, 2015 at 15:10
  • Also the urlDecode needs 2nd parameter too of Encoding Type for eg startOfWeek = Date.valueOf(EncodingUtil.urlDecode(startOfWeekParam,'UTF-8')); May 28, 2015 at 15:11

Set this in the URL:


and in the controller try this code:

Date startDate =  Date.valueOf( EncodingUtil.urlDecode( ApexPages.currentPage().getParameters().get('startDate'), 'UTF-8') );

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