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Date getTime() method in Java with Examples

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  • Last Updated : 02 Jan, 2019
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The getTime() method of Java Date class returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GTM which is represented by Date object.

Syntax:

public long getTime()

Parameters: The function does not accept any parameter.

Return Value: It returns the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GTM.

Exception: The function does not throws any exception.

Program below demonstrates the above mentioned function:




// Java code to demonstrate
// getTime() function of Date class
  
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Calendar;
public class GfG {
    // main method
    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, 11);
  
        // set Date
        c1.set(Calendar.DATE, 05);
  
        // set Year
        c1.set(Calendar.YEAR, 1996);
  
        // creating a date object with specified time.
        Date dateOne = c1.getTime();
  
        System.out.println("Date: " + dateOne);
  
        System.out.println(dateOne.getTime());
    }
}

Output:

Date: Thu Dec 05 09:29:39 UTC 1996
849778179420




// Java code to demonstrate
// getTime() function of Date class
  
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Calendar;
public class GfG {
    // main method
    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, 11);
  
        // set Date
        c1.set(Calendar.DATE, 05);
  
        // set Year
        c1.set(Calendar.YEAR, 2000);
  
        // creating a date object with specified time.
        Date dateOne = c1.getTime();
  
        System.out.println("Date: " + dateOne);
  
        System.out.println(dateOne.getTime());
    }
}

Output:

Date: Tue Dec 05 09:29:40 UTC 2000
976008580370

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