Java – How to get current date time?

In this tutorial, we will show you how to get the current date time from the classic Date and Calendar APIs, and also the new Java 8 date and time APIs – LocalDateTime and LocalDate

1. Code Snippets

For java.util.Date, just create a new Date()

 DateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss");
 Date date = new Date();
 System.out.println(dateFormat.format(date)); //2016/11/16 12:08:43

For java.util.Calendar, uses Calendar.getInstance()

 DateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss");
 Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
 System.out.println(dateFormat.format(cal)); //2016/11/16 12:08:43

For java.time.LocalDateTime, uses

 DateTimeFormatter dtf = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss");
 LocalDateTime now =;
 System.out.println(dtf.format(now)); //2016/11/16 12:08:43

For java.time.LocalDate, uses

 DateTimeFormatter dtf = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy/MM/dd");
 LocalDate localDate =;
 System.out.println(dtf.format(localDate)); //2016/11/16

2. Full Example

Review a full Java example to show you how to get the current date, time and display in a predefined

package com.mkyong;

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.time.LocalDateTime;
import java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.util.Date;

public class GetCurrentDateTime {

    private static final DateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss");
    private static final DateTimeFormatter dtf = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss");

    public static void main(String[] args) {

        Date date = new Date();

        Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();

        LocalDateTime now =;

        LocalDate localDate =;




2016/11/16 12:08:43
2016/11/16 12:08:43
2016/11/16 12:08:43


  1. Date JavaDoc
  2. Calendar JavaDoc
  3. SimpleDateFormat JavaDoc
  4. LocalDateTime JavaDoc
  5. LocalDate JavaDoc
  6. DateTimeFormatter JavaDoc
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