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fun main() {
val snowflake = 563138570953687061 // 2019-04-03T23:11:37.924Z
* @return an Epoch millisecond from a Discord Snowflake
* [offset] defaults to the first millisecond of 2015, or a "Discord Epoch"
fun Long.fromDiscordSnowFlake(offset: Long = 1420070400000): Long {
return (this shr 22) + offset
* @return an [Instant] from [epoch]
fun Long.toInstant(epoch: Long = this.fromDiscordSnowFlake()): Instant {
return Instant.ofEpochMilli(epoch)
val formatter: DateTimeFormatter = DateTimeFormatter.ISO_DATE_TIME.withZone(ZoneId.from(ZoneOffset.UTC))
val replaceRegex = Regex("\\..*")
* @return a "pretty" format lazily based off of ISO8601. Looks like "hh:mm:ss yyyy-mm-dd"
fun Instant.prettyFormat(): String {
val split = formatter.format(this).split('T')
return split[1].replace(replaceRegex, " ") + split[0]

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This is an extension function for turning Discord's Snowflake format into a Java Instant, and a few other functions.


I just needed an easy way to find readable time + dates from Discord Snowflakes, and docs weren't extremely clear as to how it works, as I overcomplicated it several times.


Long.fromDiscordSnowFlake() will shift the Long 22 to the right, and then add the offset, which defaults to the first millisecond of 2015. This will give you an Epoch millisecond, which you can use in a Java Instant to format however you like. There is more detail on the docs

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