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Java.util.Date Class

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What is java.util.Date Class?

The java.util.Date class provides the date and time in java.
This class provides constructors and methods to use the current date and time. To use this class in your code you need to import the java.util.Date class from the java.util package.
import java.util.Date;

What are the java.util.Date constructors?

The java.util.Date class primarily has two constructors as described below.


The first java.util.Date constructor is Date(). It initializes the object with the current date and time.
Date date = new Date();
Here, we initialize a date variable of type Date with current data and time.
import java.util.Date;

public class Example {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		Date date = new Date();


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Date(long milliseconds)

This java.util.Date constructor creates a date object the equals the number of milliseconds that have elapsed since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT.
long ms = System.currentTimeMillis();
Date date = new Date(ms);
Here, we have initialized the date variable with the current date and time only after getting the exact milliseconds passed till now through System.currentTimeMillis(); and passing as an argument to the constructor.
import java.util.Date;

public class Example1 {

	public static void main(String[] args) {

		long ms = System.currentTimeMillis();
		Date date = new Date(ms);


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What are the java.util.Date methods

Following are the important java.util.Date methods.
  1. boolean after(Date date): returns true if this date is after the date that is passed as an argument.

  2. boolean before(Date date): returns true if this date is before the date that is passed as an argument.

  3. int compareTo(Date date): compares given date with the current date.

  4. boolean equals(Date date): compares equality between current and given date. Returns true if they are the same.

  5. long getTime(): returns the time that this date object represents.

  6. void setTime(long time): changes the current time to the given time.

  7. String toString(): converts this date into a String type object.

java.util.Date Example

import java.util.Date;

public class Example2 {

	public static void main(String args[]) {

		long ms = 900000000;
		Date date1 = new Date(ms);
		System.out.println("date1 : " + date1);

		Date date2 = new Date();
		System.out.println("date2 : " + date2);

		boolean after = date2.after(date1);
		System.out.println("Is date2 after date1 : " + after);
		boolean before = date2.before(date1);
		System.out.println("Is date2 before date1 : " + before);


date1 : Sun Jan 11 15:00:00 PKT 1970 date2 : Tue Jan 04 18:01:45 PKT 2022 Is date2 after date1 : true Is date2 before date1 : false


In the above code, we have defined two Date variables date1 and date2. After that, we have used the date2.after(date1) and date2.before(date1) methods. The after() method returns true because date2 comes after date1. The before() method returns false because date2 does not come before date1. Java.util.Date Class - 1


By the end of this post, we hope you have got yourself familiarized with the java.util.Date class in Java. Keep practicing for a deeper command of the concept. Till then, keep growing and keep shining!
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