Get the Current Timestamp in Scala

  1. Get the Current Timestamp Using the now() Method in Scala
  2. Get the Current Timestamp Using the Date Class in Scala

This tutorial will discuss the procedure to get the current timestamp in Scala.

Date and time are essential parts of every computer language, including Scala. Scala supports the Java date-time API, so we can use its classes and methods to handle the date-time.

The timestamp is a combination of date and time, such as 2022-03-12T11:32:25.148020293. Let’s understand with some examples.

Get the Current Timestamp Using the now() Method in Scala

Here, we use the now() method of the LocalDateTime class that returns the current date-time.

This is a static method, so we don’t need the object of LocalDateTime to call it. We can directly call it using the class name.

Example:

import java.time.LocalDateTime
object MyClass 
    def main(args: Array[String]) {
        val  timstamp =  LocalDateTime.now()
        println(timstamp)
    }
}

Output:

2022-03-12T11:32:25.148020293

The timestamp returned by the above code uses a specific format. But if you wish to use another, use the ofPattern() method.

The ofPattern() method takes a string argument, and using the format() method, it returns the required formatted timestamp.

Example:

import java.time.LocalDateTime
import java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter
object MyClass {

    def main(args: Array[String]) {
        val  timstamp =  LocalDateTime.now()
        val timstamp2 = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd_HH:mm").format(timstamp)
        println(timstamp2)
    }
}

Output:

2022-03-12_11:37

Get the Current Timestamp Using the Date Class in Scala

We can also use the Date class to get the current Timestamp in Scala. We used the Date() constructor that returns the date-time in a new format.

Example:

import java.util.Date
object MyClass {
    def main(args: Array[String]) {
        val  timstamp =  new Date()
        println(timstamp)
    }
}

Output:

Sat Mar 12 11:42:28 GMT 2022

Again, if you wish to format the date-time of the Date class, use the format() method and provide the format string in the SimpleDateFormat() constructor.

Example:

    import java.util.Date
    import java.text.SimpleDateFormat
    object MyClass {
    
        def main(args: Array[String]) {
            val  timstamp =  new Date()
            val timstamp2 = new SimpleDateFormat("YYYYMMdd_HHmmss").format(timstamp)
            println(timstamp2)
        }
    }

Output:

20220312_114449
Write for us
DelftStack articles are written by software geeks like you. If you also would like to contribute to DelftStack by writing paid articles, you can check the write for us page.