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 format.

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 =;




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