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Java DateFormat getInstance() Method with Examples

  • Last Updated : 03 Jan, 2022

The getInstance() method of DateFormat class will return the date and time formatter with the default formatting style for the default locale.

Syntax:

public static final DateFormat getInstance()

Parameter: This method doesn’t require any parameters.

Return value: This method will return the date format in a particular format.

Example 1:

Java




// Java program to illustrate
// GetInstance() method
  
// importing the required packages
import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
  
class Testclass {
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
  
        // initializing the Date
        Date d = new Date();
  
        // initializing the DateFormat using getInstance()
        DateFormat df = DateFormat.getInstance();
  
        // printing the DateFormat return value as object
        System.out.println("DateFormat Object : " + df);
  
        // formatting the current date into a string
        String str = df.format(d);
  
        // printing the current date
        System.out.println("Current date : " + str);
    }
}
Output
DateFormat Object : java.text.SimpleDateFormat@c88bcc54
Current date : 12/15/21, 8:23 AM

We can also display the date in the required format using SimpleDateFormat class.

Below is the example showing the use of SimpleDateFormat 

Example 2:

Java




// Java program to illustrate
// GetInstance() method
  
// importing the required packages
import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;
  
class Testclass {
    public static void main(String[] args)
    {
        // initializing the Date
        Date d = new Date();
  
        // initializing the DateFormat using getInstance()
        DateFormat df = DateFormat.getInstance();
  
        // printing the DateFormat return value as object
        System.out.println("DateFormat Object : " + df);
  
        // formatting the current date into a string
        String str = df.format(d);
  
        // printing the current date
        System.out.println("Current date : " + str);
  
        // initializing the SimpleDateFormat
        SimpleDateFormat sdf
            = new SimpleDateFormat("MM-dd-yyyy");
  
        // formatting the SimpleDateFormatr into a string
        String st = sdf.format(d);
  
        // printing the formatted value
        System.out.println("Formatted Date : " + st);
    }
}
Output
DateFormat Object : java.text.SimpleDateFormat@c88bcc54
Current date : 12/15/21, 8:26 AM
Formatted Date : 12-15-2021

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