java – How can I get Date in MM/DD/YY format from Timestamp-ThrowExceptions

Exception or error:

I want to get the Date in MM/DD/YY format from a timestamp.

I have used the below method but it does not gives proper output

final Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();

But its gives the output like below


The correct date is 24 May 2010 for Timestamp – 1306249409

Note – Timestamp is received by a webservice which is used in my application.

How to solve:

Better Approach

Simply Use SimpleDateFormat

new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy").format(new Date(timeStampMillisInLong));

Mistake in your Approach

DAY_OF_MONTH ,MONTH, .. etc are just constant int value used by Calendar class

You can get the date represented by cal by cal.get(Calendar.DATE)


Use the SimpleDateFormat

SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");
Date date = new Date();
String time = sdf.format(date);


What’s wrong:

Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH, Calendar.MONTH etc are static constants used to access those particular fields. (They will remain constant, no matter what setTimeInMillis you provide.)

How to solve it:

To get those particular fields you can use the .get(int field)-method, like this:


As others have pointed out there are more convenient methods for formatting a date for logging. You could use for instance the SimpleDateFormat, or, as I usually do when logging, a format-string and String.format(formatStr, Calendar.getInstance()).


        Date date = new Date(System.currentTimeMillis());
    SimpleDateFormat formatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yy");
    String s = formatter.format(date);


TimeZone utc = TimeZone.getTimeZone("UTC"); // avoiding local time zone overhead
final Calendar cal = new GregorianCalendar(utc);

// always use GregorianCalendar explicitly if you don't want be suprised with
// Japanese Imperial Calendar or something

cal.setTimeInMillis(1306249409L*1000); // input need to be in miliseconds


Log.d("Month--",""+cal.get(Calendar.MONTH) + 1); // it starts from zero, add 1



Java uses the number of milliseconds since 1st January 1970 to represent times. If you compute the time represented by 1306249409 milliseconds, you’ll discover that it’s only 362 days, so your assumptions are wrong.

Moreover, cal.DAY_OF_MONTH holds a constant. Use cal.get(Calendar.DAY_OF_MONTH) to get the day of month (same for other parts of the date).


use String.format which is able to convert long (milliseconds) to date/time string in different formats:

    String str;
    long time = 1306249409 * 1000L;  // milliseconds
    str = String.format("%1$tm/%1$td/%1$ty", time);  // 05/24/11
    str = String.format("%tF", time);                // 2011-05-24 (ISO 8601)
    str = String.format("Date--%td", time);          // Date--24
    str = String.format("Month--%tm", time);         // Month--05
    str = String.format("Year--%ty", time);          // Year--11

documentation: format string.

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