Converting java.util.Date to java.time.Instant

This section provides a tutorial example how to migrate Java code from the old java.util.Date class to the new java.time.Instant class.

If you are currently using the old java.util.Date class to manipulate time measured as Epoch milliseconds, you should migrate your code to use the new java.time.Instant class.

If you are using both classes in your code, you can use two new methods provided on java.util.Date class to convert objects between classes:

The following sample program provides some comparison between java.util.Date and java.time.Instant that might be helpful to you in migrating your code:

/* DateClassMigration.java
 - Copyright (c) 2014, HerongYang.com, All Rights Reserved.
 */
import java.util.Date;
import java.time.Instant;
class DateClassMigration {
   public static void main(String[] a) {
      java.io.PrintStream out = System.out;
      Date oDate = new Date();
      Instant oInstant = Instant.now();

      out.println();
      out.println("Epoch milliseconds:");
      out.println("Date class: " + oDate.getTime());
      out.println("Instant class: " + oInstant.toEpochMilli());

      out.println();
      out.println("Epoch seconds:");
      out.println("Date class: " + (long) oDate.getTime()/1000);
      out.println("Instant class: " + oInstant.getEpochSecond());

      out.println();
      out.println("Nanoseconds-of-Second:");
      out.println("Date class: Not supported");
      out.println("Instant class: " + oInstant.getNano());

      out.println();
      out.println("String presentation:");
      out.println("Date class: " + oDate.toString());
      out.println("Instant class: " + oInstant.toString());

      out.println();
      out.println("Converting Date to Instant:");
      Instant cInstant = oDate.toInstant();
      out.println("Date class: " + oDate.toString());
      out.println("Instant class: " + cInstant.toString());

      out.println();
      out.println("Converting Date from Instant:");
      Date cDate = Date.from(oInstant);
      out.println("Date class: " + cDate.toString());
      out.println("Instant class: " + oInstant.toString());
   }
}

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

Epoch milliseconds:
Date class: 1396331321749
Instant class: 1396331321750

Epoch seconds:
Date class: 1396331321
Instant class: 1396331321

Nanoseconds-of-Second:
Date class: Not supported
Instant class: 750000000

String presentation:
Date class: Tue Apr 01 01:48:41 EDT 2014
Instant class: 2014-04-01T05:48:41.750Z

Converting Date to Instant:
Date class: Tue Apr 01 01:48:41 EDT 2014
Instant class: 2014-04-01T05:48:41.749Z

Converting Date from Instant:
Date class: Tue Apr 01 01:48:41 EDT 2014
Instant class: 2014-04-01T05:48:41.750Z

Last update: 2014.

Table of Contents

 About This JDK Tutorial Book

 Downloading and Installing JDK 1.8.0 on Windows

 Downloading and Installing JDK 1.7.0 on Windows

 Downloading and Installing JDK 1.6.2 on Windows

Java Date-Time API

 What Is Date-Time API?

 java.time.Instant - Representing a Moment of Time

 java.time.Instant Usage Examples

 java.time.Instant - Get(INSTANT_SECONDS) Error

Converting java.util.Date to java.time.Instant

 java.time.ZonedDateTime - Calendar and Timezone

 java.time.ZonedDateTime Usage Examples

 Converting java.util.GregorianCalendar to java.time.ZonedDateTime

 java.time.OffsetDateTime - Calendar and UTC Offset

 java.time.OffsetDateTime Usage Examples

 java.time.LocalDateTime - Local Date and time without Timezone

 Partial Date and Time Objects and Classes

 java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter - Date-Time Strings

 java.time.Duration - Time Durations

 java.time.Duration Usage Examples

 java.time.Period - Periods in Days and Months

 java.time.Period Usage Examples

 Date, Time and Calendar Classes

 Date and Time Object and String Conversion

 Number Object and Numeric String Conversion

 Locales, Localization Methods and Resource Bundles

 Calling and Importing Classes Defined in Unnamed Packages

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 Character Set Encoding Classes and Methods

 Character Set Encoding Maps

 Encoding Conversion Programs for Encoded Text Files

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 DOM (Document Object Model) - API for XML Files

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 DTD (Document Type Definition) - XML Validation

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 Message Digest Algorithm Implementations in JDK

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