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  • Last Updated : 26 Mar, 2019

The from(Instant inst) method of Java Date class returns an instance of date which is obtained from an Instant object.


public static Date from(Instant inst)

Parameters: The method takes one parameter inst of Instant type which is required to be converted.

Return Value: The method returns a date representing the same point on the timeline as the passing instant.


  • NullPointerException: This is thrown when the instant is left null.
  • IllegalArgumentException: This is thrown when the instant is too large to be represented as a Date.

Below programs illustrate the use of from() Method in Java:
Example 1:

// Java code to demonstrate
// from() method of Date class
import java.time.Instant;
import java.util.Date;
public class JavaDateDemo {
    public static void main(String args[])
        // Creating Date Object
        Date dateOne = new Date();
        // Creating Instant object
        Instant inst =;
        // Displaying the instant
            "Present: "
            + dateOne.from(inst));


Present: Tue Mar 26 06:45:40 UTC 2019

Example 2:

import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.time.Instant;
public class GfG {
    public static void main(String args[])
        // Creating a Calendar object
        Calendar c1 = Calendar.getInstance();
        // Set Month
        // MONTH starts with 0 i.e. ( 0 - Jan)
        c1.set(Calendar.MONTH, 00);
        // Set Date
        c1.set(Calendar.DATE, 30);
        // Set Year
        c1.set(Calendar.YEAR, 2019);
        // Creating a date object
        // with specified time.
        Date dateOne = c1.getTime();
        Instant inst = dateOne.toInstant();
            "Date: " + dateOne.from(inst));


Date: Wed Jan 30 06:45:43 UTC 2019


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