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ChronoPeriod between() method in Java with Examples

  • Last Updated : 27 Jun, 2019

The between() method of ChronoPeriod interface in Java is used to obtain a chronoPeriod consisting of the number of years, months, and days between two given dates (including start date and excluding end date).

This chronoPeriod is obtained as follows:

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  • Remove complete months.
  • Now, calculate the remaining number of days.
  • Then, adjust to ensure that both have the same sign.
  • Now, split the number of months into years and months based on a 12 month year.
  • Consider a month, if the end day-of-month is greater than or equal to the start day-of-month (Eg.: from 2017-05-12 to 2018-07-18 is one year, two months and six days).

Note: ChronoPeriod obtained from above formula can be a negative, if the end is before the start. The negative sign will be the same in each of year, month and day.


static ChronoPeriod between(ChronoLocalDate startDateInclusive,
                            ChronoLocalDate endDateExclusive)


  • startDateInclusive – The start date is inclusive and must not be null.
  • endDateExclusive – The end date is exclusive and must not be null.

Return Value: The between() function of chronoPeriod returns the chronoPeriod between the given start and end date.

Below is the implementation of the above function:

// Java code to show the chronoPeriod
// between the given start and end date
import java.time.*;
import java.time.chrono.*;
public class ChronoPeriodClass {
    // Function to calculate chronoPeriod between
    // start and end date
    static void
    calculateChronoPeriod(ChronoLocalDate startDate,
                          ChronoLocalDate endDate)
        ChronoPeriod chronoPeriod
            = ChronoPeriod.between(startDate, endDate);
        System.out.println("ChronoPeriod between start and end "
                           + "date is : " + chronoPeriod);
    // Driver Code
    public static void main(String[] args)
        // Start date
        ChronoLocalDate startDate
            = LocalDate.parse("2017-02-13");
        // End date
        ChronoLocalDate endDate
            = LocalDate.parse("2018-08-20");
        calculateChronoPeriod(startDate, endDate);
ChronoPeriod between start and end date is : P1Y6M7D


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