2019-08-03 16:00
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I'm using GORM to retrieve data from a Postgresql database. Inside the postgresql database I'm storing times as the default UTC. When I load them through gorm/golang I would like to automatically convert them to 'Europe/London' location.

Currently, all times are returned as my local timezone (CEST). I'm struggling to find a way to manually override this?

Here is the relevant code:

type Booking struct {
    Service   Service
    ServiceID uint `json:serviceId`
    Start     time.Time
    Finish    time.Time

func getBookings() http.HandlerFunc {
    return func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        bookings := &[]Booking{}


        render.JSON(w, r, bookings)

I've been looking around and I can't seem to find any information from gorm or golang docs. The two closest things to mentions of this problem that I've found is:

Setting timezone globally in golang

I thought a work around could be to manually change the query results with a loop, but I'm not sure if this is the most efficient solution? - code below:

func getBookings() http.HandlerFunc {
    return func(w http.ResponseWriter, r *http.Request) {
        bookings := &[]Booking{}
        timeZoneBookings := *&[]Booking{}


        for _, booking := range *bookings {

            booking.Start = parseToUkTime(booking.Start)
            booking.Finish = parseToUkTime(booking.Finish)

            timeZoneBookings = append(timeZoneBookings, booking)


        render.JSON(w, r, timeZoneBookings)

func parseToUkTime(timeToParse time.Time) time.Time {
    loc, _ := time.LoadLocation("Europe/London")

    t := timeToParse.In(loc)

    return t


Here is an image of the DB entry:

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I assumed it would be easy to either state inside the type I would like the location to be set to Europe/London so the struct would automatically be populated this way, however this doesn't seem to be the case? It's the first time I have worked with timezones, so everything is quite confusing.

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