java.time.Instant - Get(INSTANT_SECONDS) Error

This section provides a tutorial example showing an unexpected error, Invalid value for InstantSeconds, when trying to call the get(ChronoField.INSTANT_SECONDS) method.

While testing the get() method, I noticed an unexpected error with the INSTANT_SECONDS field. Here is the test program

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import java.time.Instant;
class InstantSecondsError {
   public static void main(String[] a) { out = System.out;

      Instant now =;
      out.println("toString() = " + now.toString());
      out.println("getEpochSecond() = " + now.getEpochSecond());
      out.println("getNano() = " + now.getNano());

      out.println("isSupported(DAY_OF_WEEK) = " + now.isSupported(
// Unsupported field: DayOfWeek
//      out.println("get(DAY_OF_WEEK) = " + now.get(
//         java.time.temporal.ChronoField.DAY_OF_WEEK));

      out.println("isSupported(NANO_OF_SECOND) = " + now.isSupported(
      out.println("get(NANO_OF_SECOND) = " + now.get(

      out.println("isSupported(INSTANT_SECONDS) = " + now.isSupported(
// Invalid value for InstantSeconds. Why?
      out.println("get(INSTANT_SECONDS) = " + now.get(

When running with JDK 1.8, I got the following output:

toString() = 2014-04-01T05:48:41.750Z
getEpochSecond() = 1396331321
getNano() = 750000000
isSupported(DAY_OF_WEEK) = false
isSupported(NANO_OF_SECOND) = true
get(NANO_OF_SECOND) = 750000000
isSupported(INSTANT_SECONDS) = true
Exception in thread "main" java.time.DateTimeException: 
 Invalid value for InstantSeconds 
 (valid values -9223372036854775808 - 9223372036854775807): 1396331321
at java.time.temporal.ValueRange.checkValidIntValue(

at java.time.temporal.ChronoField.checkValidIntValue(
at java.time.Instant.get(
at InstantSecondsError.main(

Is this a bug in JDK 1.8?

Last update: 2014.

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