How to get current timestamps in Java

Here’s a Java example to show how to get current timestamps in Java.

package com.mkyong.common;
import java.sql.Timestamp;
import java.util.Date;
public class GetCurrentTimeStamp 
    public static void main( String[] args )
	 java.util.Date date= new java.util.Date();
	 System.out.println(new Timestamp(date.getTime()));


2010-03-08 14:59:30.252
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  • Prem Kumar

    My point of view is we should use the Calendar class instead of Date.

  • Kareen Tariman

    This helped. Thanks!

  • huzzlah

    real nice and all, but your output is not a timestamp. a timestamp is the number of seconds since january 1 1970. what you’re creating is some sort of arbitrarily formatted date string.

    get with it, please.

  • pooja

    hello sir/madam,

    I have one problem please help me anyone

    I have hard code date in my java code for 1 min to 8 hours with 6 currency pairs like
    java.sql.Timestamp timestamp = Timestamp.valueOf(“2012-02-24 20:00:00″);
    then its working fine.

    If i have add for live chart like
    java.sql.Timestamp timestamp = new Timestamp(System.currentTimeMillis());

    java.util.Date date= new java.util.Date();
    java.sql.Timestamp timestamp = new Timestamp(today.getTime());

    then its taking lot of time to plot the jfreechart graph .

    so give me some suggestion or any commands need to add in my java code.

    Its urgent please.

    • Ko Lawson

      This is what I have been searching for days. Thanks !
      Both overloaded constructors work great.

  • Morten Slott Hansen

    This is simpler and avoids using Date

    new Timestamp(System.currentTimeMillis());
    • Rubens Mariuzzo

      Love this implementation.

    • Ritvik

      ^^ This is great!

      • Mark Jansen

        This is an awesome solution…..

    • Siddhanta

      Thanks alot

    • Ko Lawson

      This is what I have been searching for days. Thanks !

    • j

      Thanks for this!

      • mkyong

        You’re welcome.

        • Krishna

          i like u r website and how to ask questions