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Program: How to calculate difference between two dates in java?

Below example shows how to calculate diffence between two dates by seconds or by minutes or by hours or by days.


import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.util.Date;

public class MyDateDifferenceExamples {

	public static void main(String a[]){
		String startDate = "22/02/2014 12:30:00";
		String endDate = "24/02/2014 12:30:00";
		 * SimpleDateFormat converts string format to date object
		SimpleDateFormat sdFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss");
		try {
			Date startDateObj = sdFormat.parse(startDate);
			Date endDateObj = sdFormat.parse(endDate);
			// startDateObj.getTime() method gives date in milli seconds format
			System.out.println("Time in milli seconds: "+startDateObj.getTime());
			// find time difference in milli seconds
			long timeDiff = endDateObj.getTime() - startDateObj.getTime();
			System.out.println("Time difference in Milli seconds: "+timeDiff);
			// time difference in seconds
			long secondsDiff = (timeDiff/1000);
			System.out.println("Time difference in seconds: "+secondsDiff);
			// time difference in minutes
			long minDiff = timeDiff/(1000*60);
			System.out.println("Time difference in minutes: "+minDiff);
			// time difference in minutes
			long hoursDiff = timeDiff/(1000*60*60);
			System.out.println("Time difference in hours: "+hoursDiff);
			// time difference in minutes
			long daysDiff = timeDiff/(1000*60*60*24);
			System.out.println("Time difference in days: "+daysDiff);
		} catch (ParseException e) {
			// TODO Auto-generated catch block

Time in milli seconds: 1393052400000
Time difference in Milli seconds: 172800000
Time difference in seconds: 172800
Time difference in minutes: 2880
Time difference in hours: 48
Time difference in days: 2
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