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SimpleDateFormat clone() Method in Java with Examples

  • Last Updated : 30 Jan, 2019

The clone() Method of SimpleDateFormat class is used to create a copy of the SImpleDateFormat. It creates another copy of this SimpleDateFormat.


public Object clone()

Parameters: The method does not take any parameters.

Return Value: The method returns a copy of the SimpleDateFormat.

Below programs illustrate the working of clone() Method of SimpleDateFormat:

Example 1:

// Java to illustrate clone() method
import java.text.*;
import java.util.*;
public class SimpleDateFormat_Demo {
    public static void main(String[] args)
        throws InterruptedException
        // Initializing SimpleDateFormat
        SimpleDateFormat SDFormat
            = new SimpleDateFormat(
        // Displaying the formats
        Date date = new Date();
        String str_Date1
            = SDFormat.format(date);
        System.out.println("The Original: "
                           + (str_Date1));
        // Using clone()
        System.out.println("Is the clone equal? "
                           + SDFormat
The Original: 01/30/2019
Is the clone equal? true

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