Add years to date

Opposite of subtracting years from a java date, this example will show how to add years to a date using Calendar.add, java 8 date time api, joda DateTime.plusYears and apache common DateUtils.addYears. A couple of years after Packers won superbowl XLV, the San Francisco 49ers handed the packers a wippin. The examples below represents the dates by adding years to the superbowl date.

Straight up Java

@Test
public void add_years_to_date_in_java () {

    Calendar superBowlXLV = Calendar.getInstance();
    superBowlXLV.set(2011, 1, 6, 0, 0);
    
    Calendar fortyNinersSuck = Calendar.getInstance();
    fortyNinersSuck.setTimeInMillis(superBowlXLV.getTimeInMillis());
    fortyNinersSuck.add(Calendar.YEAR, 2);     
    
    SimpleDateFormat dateFormatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss z");

    logger.info(dateFormatter.format(superBowlXLV.getTime()));
    logger.info(dateFormatter.format(fortyNinersSuck.getTime()));

    assertTrue(fortyNinersSuck.after(superBowlXLV));
}

Output

02/06/2011 00:00:08 CST
02/06/2013 00:00:08 CST

Java 8 Date and Time API

Java 8 LocalDateTime.plusYears will return a copy of the LocalDateTime with the specified number of years added.

@Test
public void add_years_to_date_in_java8() {

    LocalDateTime superBowlXLV = LocalDateTime.of(2011, Month.FEBRUARY, 6,
            0, 0);
    LocalDateTime fortyNinersSuck = superBowlXLV.plusYears(2);

    java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter formatter = java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter
            .ofPattern("MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss S");

    logger.info(superBowlXLV.format(formatter));
    logger.info(fortyNinersSuck.format(formatter));

    assertTrue(fortyNinersSuck.isAfter(superBowlXLV));
}

Output

02/06/2011 00:00:00 0
02/06/2013 00:00:00 0

Joda Time

Joda DateTime.plusYears will return a copy the DateTime plus the specified number of years.

@Test
public void add_years_to_date_in_java_joda () {

    DateTime superBowlXLV = new DateTime(2011, 2, 6, 0, 0, 0, 0);
    DateTime fortyNinersSuck = superBowlXLV.plusYears(2);

    DateTimeFormatter fmt = DateTimeFormat.forPattern("MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss z");
    
    logger.info(superBowlXLV.toString(fmt));
    logger.info(fortyNinersSuck.toString(fmt));

    assertTrue(fortyNinersSuck.isAfter(superBowlXLV));
}

Output

02/06/2011 00:00:08 CST
02/06/2013 00:00:08 CST

Apache Commons

Apache commons DateUtils.addYears will adds a number of years to the date returning a new object.

@Test
public void add_years_to_date_in_java_apachecommons () {

    Calendar superBowlXLV = Calendar.getInstance();
    superBowlXLV.set(2011, 1, 6, 0, 0);
    
    Date fortyNinersSuck = DateUtils.addYears(superBowlXLV.getTime(), 2);
    
    SimpleDateFormat dateFormatter = new SimpleDateFormat("MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss z");

    logger.info(dateFormatter.format(superBowlXLV.getTime()));
    logger.info(dateFormatter.format(fortyNinersSuck));

    assertTrue(fortyNinersSuck.after(superBowlXLV.getTime()));
}

Output

02/06/2011 00:00:00 CST
02/06/2013 00:00:00 CST