How to Get Current Timestamp in Java

Published Mar 16, 2022  ∙  Updated Aug 21, 2022

How can we obtain the current timestamp or date in Java?

If you want the current timestamp in milliseconds, check that out here!

1. Using System or Date

We can get the current time using System.currentTimeMillis() and convert to Timestamp.

Timestamp ts = new Timestamp(System.currentTimeMillis());

We can also get the current time using new Date() and convert to Timestamp.

Date date = new Date();
Timestamp ts = new Timestamp(date.getTime());

2. Using Instant

Similarly, we can get the current time using Instant.now() and convert to Timestamp.

Timestamp ts = Timestamp.from(Instant.now())

We can also convert from Timestamp to Instant.

Instant instant = ts.toInstant();

3. Using ZonedDateTime

ZonedDateTime.now() also gives us the current time. We can convert it to an Instant, then to a Timestamp.

Timestamp ts = Timestamp.from(ZonedDateTime.now().toInstant()));

4. Using LocalDateTime

With Java 8, we can get the current time using LocalDateTime.now() and convert to Timestamp.

Timestamp ts = Timestamp.valueOf(LocalDateTime.now())

Get milliseconds from Timestamp or Instant

We can get the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT from either Timestamp or Instant.

ts.getTime();
instant.toEpochMilli();