Converting java.util.GregorianCalendar to java.time.ZonedDateTime

This section provides a tutorial example how to migrate Java code from the old java.util.GregorianCalendar class to the new java.time.ZonedDateTime class.

If you are currently using the old java.util.GregorianCalendar class to manipulate time measured as date, time, and timezone component, you should migrate your code to use the new java.time.ZonedDateTime class.

If you are using both classes in your code, you may use two new methods provided on java.util.GregorianCalendar class:

The following sample program provides some comparison between java.util.GregorianCalendar and java.time.ZonedDateTime and might be helpful to you in migrating your code:

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import java.util.GregorianCalendar;
import java.time.ZonedDateTime;
import java.util.Calendar;
import java.time.temporal.ChronoField;
class CalendarClassMigration {
   public static void main(String[] a) { out = System.out;
      GregorianCalendar oCalendar = new GregorianCalendar();
      ZonedDateTime oDateTime =;

      out.println("Epoch seconds:");
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + (long) oCalendar.getTimeInMillis()/1000);
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: "
         + oDateTime.getLong(ChronoField.INSTANT_SECONDS));

      out.println("Epoch milliseconds:");
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + oCalendar.getTimeInMillis());
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: "
         + (oDateTime.getLong(ChronoField.INSTANT_SECONDS)*1000

      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: Not supported");
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: " + oDateTime.getNano());

      out.println("Calendar date:");
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + oCalendar.get(Calendar.YEAR) + "-"
         + (oCalendar.get(Calendar.MONTH)+1) + "-"
         + oCalendar.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH));
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: "
         + oDateTime.getLong(ChronoField.YEAR) + "-"
         + oDateTime.getLong(ChronoField.MONTH_OF_YEAR) + "-"
         + oDateTime.getLong(ChronoField.DAY_OF_MONTH));

      out.println("Timezone ID:");
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + oCalendar.getTimeZone().getID());
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: "
         + oDateTime.getZone());

      out.println("UTC offset:");
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + (oCalendar.get(Calendar.ZONE_OFFSET)
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: "
         + oDateTime.getOffset());

      out.println("String presentation:");
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + oCalendar.getTime().toString());
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: " + oDateTime.toString());

      out.println("Converting GregorianCalendar to ZonedDateTime:");
      ZonedDateTime cDateTime = oCalendar.toZonedDateTime();
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + oCalendar.getTime().toString());
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: " + cDateTime.toString());

      out.println("Converting GregorianCalendar from ZonedDateTime:");
      GregorianCalendar cCalendar = GregorianCalendar.from(oDateTime);
      out.println("GregorianCalendar class: "
         + cCalendar.getTime().toString());
      out.println("ZonedDateTime class: " + oDateTime.toString());

When running, I got the following output:


C:\herong>java CalendarClassMigration
Epoch seconds:
GregorianCalendar class: 1396331321
ZonedDateTime class: 1396331321

Epoch milliseconds:
GregorianCalendar class: 1396331321749
ZonedDateTime class: 1396331321750

GregorianCalendar class: Not supported
ZonedDateTime class: 750000000

Calendar date:
GregorianCalendar class: 2019-4-1
ZonedDateTime class: 2019-4-1

Timezone ID:
GregorianCalendar class: America/Montreal
ZonedDateTime class: America/Montreal

UTC offset:
GregorianCalendar class: -4
ZonedDateTime class: -04:00

String presentation:
GregorianCalendar class: Tue Apr 01 01:48:41 EDT 2014
ZonedDateTime class: 2019-04-01T01:48:41.047800100-04:00[America/Montreal]

Converting GregorianCalendar to ZonedDateTime:
GregorianCalendar class: Tue Apr 01 01:48:41 EDT 2014
ZonedDateTime class: 2019-04-01T01:48:41.005-04:00[America/Montreal]

Converting GregorianCalendar from ZonedDateTime:
GregorianCalendar class: Tue Apr 01 01:48:41 EDT 2014
ZonedDateTime class: 2019-04-01T01:48:41.047800100-04:00[America/Montreal]

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Converting java.util.GregorianCalendar to java.time.ZonedDateTime

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