How to calculate age in year, month and days in Java?

Problem Description :

Write a program in Java that calculates an age of the person.

Concept :

For doing this calculation we are using Java 8 API methods that are very simple and straightforward.

Algorithm :

  • Convert both the dates to LocalDates.
  • Pass both LocalDates to between() method of Period class that is present in java.time.* package.
  • Use getYears(), getMonths() and getDays() methods of Period class to print years, month and days respectively.

Recommended :

Note : Java 8 is required to run below code because we are using Java 8 API methods.

Java Program :

package com.javamultiplex.datetime;

import java.text.DateFormat;
import java.text.ParseException;
import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.time.Instant;
import java.time.LocalDate;
import java.time.Period;
import java.time.ZoneId;
import java.util.Date;
import java.util.Scanner;

 * @author Rohit Agarwal
 * @category Date and Time
 * @problem How to calculate age?
public class CalculateAge {

 public static void main(String[] args) {

  Scanner input = null;
  try {
   input = new Scanner(;
   System.out.println("Enter your DOB in dd/MM/yyyy format :");
   String dob =;
   Date current = new Date();
   // If Date is valid, converting String to date.
   Date mydob = getValidDate(dob);
   if (mydob != null && mydob.before(current)) {

    // Get default Time zone Id.
    ZoneId defaultZoneId = ZoneId.systemDefault();

    // Convert Date mydob to LocalDate
    Instant instant1 = mydob.toInstant();
    LocalDate localeDateMyDob = instant1.atZone(defaultZoneId).toLocalDate();
    // Convert Date current to LocalDate
    Instant instant2 = current.toInstant();
    LocalDate localeDateCurrent = instant2.atZone(defaultZoneId).toLocalDate();

    Period period = Period.between(localeDateMyDob, localeDateCurrent);
    System.out.println("Age : " + period.getYears() + " Years " + period.getMonths() + " Months "
      + period.getDays() + " Days");

   } else {
    System.out.println("DOB is invalid.");
  } finally {
   if (input != null) {


 private static Date getValidDate(String date) {

  Date mydate = null;
  if (isValidDateFormat(date)) {
    * d -> Day of month M -> Month of year y -> Year
   DateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("dd/MM/yyyy");
    * By default setLenient() is true. We should make it false for
    * strict date validations.
    * If setLenient() is true - It accepts all dates. If setLenient()
    * is false - It accepts only valid dates.
   try {
    mydate = dateFormat.parse(date);
   } catch (ParseException e) {
    mydate = null;
  return mydate;

 private static boolean isValidDateFormat(String date) {

   * Regular Expression that matches String with format dd/MM/yyyy. 
   * dd -> 01-31 
   * MM -> 01-12 
   * yyyy -> 4 digit number
  String pattern = "(0?[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])\\/(0?[1-9]|1[0-2])\\/([0-9]{4})";
  boolean result = false;
  if (date.matches(pattern)) {
   result = true;
  return result;


Output :

Output of Java program that calculates an age in years, months and days.
Output - How to calculate an age in years, months and days in Java?

Note :  You can also validate your result using age calculator.

Similar Problems :

  1. Write a program in Java that calculates work anniversary.
  2. Write a program in Java that calculates marriage anniversary.
Solution of both the problems is same as above.

References :

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Tags : Date and Time problems, Age in years, months and days in Java, Solution in Java,  ZoneId, Instant, LocalDate, Period, if else statement, DateFormat, SimpleDateFormat, String, Regular expressions.

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