Get time in millis using Calendar

This is an example of how to get the time in millis, using the abstract Calendar class, that provides methods for converting between a specific instant in time and a set of calendar fields such as YEAR, MONTH, DAY_OF_MONTH, HOUR. Getting the time in milliseconds with Calendar implies that you should:

  • Use getInstance() API method of Calendar, in order to get a Calendar object, using the default time zone and locale.
  • Use getTimeInMillis() API method of Calendar, to get this Calendar’s time value in milliseconds.

Let’s take a look at the code snippet that follows:

package com.javacodegeeks.snippets.core;

import java.util.Calendar;

public class GetTimeInMillisUsingCalendar {
	public static void main(String[] args) {
		Calendar c = Calendar.getInstance();
		long millis = c.getTimeInMillis();
		System.out.println("Milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970: " + millis);



Milliseconds since Jan 1, 1970: 1319055073487

This was an example of how to get the time in millis using Calendar in Java.

Byron Kiourtzoglou

Byron is a master software engineer working in the IT and Telecom domains. He is an applications developer in a wide variety of applications/services. He is currently acting as the team leader and technical architect for a proprietary service creation and integration platform for both the IT and Telecom industries in addition to a in-house big data real-time analytics solution. He is always fascinated by SOA, middleware services and mobile development. Byron is co-founder and Executive Editor at Java Code Geeks.
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