Working with Dates and Times in Kotlin

Handling dates and times is a crucial part of many applications. Kotlin provides a powerful and concise way to work with dates and times. In this guide, we'll explore how to manipulate, format, and parse dates and times in Kotlin.

Getting the Current Date and Time

You can get the current date and time using the `java.time` classes:

import java.time.LocalDateTime
val currentDateTime =
println("Current Date and Time: $currentDateTime")

Formatting Dates and Times

Kotlin makes it easy to format dates and times as strings:

import java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter
val formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss")
val formattedDateTime = currentDateTime.format(formatter)
println("Formatted Date and Time: $formattedDateTime")

Working with Durations

You can calculate durations between two dates or times:

import java.time.Duration
val startTime = LocalDateTime.of(2023, 1, 1, 10, 0, 0)
val endTime = LocalDateTime.of(2023, 1, 1, 12, 30, 0)
val duration = Duration.between(startTime, endTime)
println("Duration: $duration")

Parsing Dates and Times

Kotlin allows you to parse strings into date and time objects:

val dateStr = "2023-01-15"
val parsedDate = LocalDate.parse(dateStr)
println("Parsed Date: $parsedDate")

Manipulating Dates and Times

Kotlin provides methods for adding or subtracting time intervals:

import java.time.Period
val date = LocalDate.of(2023, 1, 15)
val futureDate =
println("Future Date: $futureDate")


Kotlin's date and time handling capabilities simplify working with dates, times, and durations. Whether you're building a calendar app, managing events, or performing any date and time-related task, Kotlin's standard library and the `java.time` package offer powerful and intuitive tools to make your job easier.

Happy coding!