How to Format Java LocalDateTime

Java examples to format LocalDateTime instance to String using DateTimeFormatter class.

1. Default Format

By default, LocalDateTime format in the following ISO-8601 formats based on the available date and times parts:


Let us see an example.

LocalDateTime currentDateTime =;

System.out.println(currentDateTime.toString());   //2022-12-09T18:19:26.492745400

2. LocalDateTime format() API

The format() method formats the given LocalDateTime instance using the specified format by DateTimeFormatter instance. It throws DateTimeException – if an error occurs during formatting.

public String format(DateTimeFormatter formatter)

Note that DateTimeFormatter is immutable and thread-safe, and thus the recommended approach is to store it in a static constant where possible. We should not need to create new instances everytime we use it.

3. LocalDateTime Format Example

In the given example, we have created a new instance using which represents the current date and time. We are using an inbuilt DateTimeFormatter instance using the constant ISO_DATE_TIME.

Finally, use the format() method to get the formatted string.

DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ISO_DATE_TIME;
String formattedDateTime = currentDateTime.format(formatter);
System.out.println(formattedDateTime);   //2022-12-09T18:25:58.6037597

Use ofPattern() method if you want to use a custom pattern for formatting.

DateTimeFormatter customFormat = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss");;
String formattedString = currentDateTime.format(customFormat);
System.out.println(formattedString);    //2022-12-09 18:25:58

4. Parsing a String to LocalDateTime

The following example parses a given date-time String to LocalDateTime instance. It uses the parse(dateTimeString, formatter) for parsing the given dateTimeString using the provided formatter.

//date in String
String dateString = "2018-07-14T17:45:55.9483536";

DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ISO_DATE_TIME;

//Parse String to LocalDateTime
LocalDateTime dateTime = LocalDateTime.parse(dateString, formatter);

Happy Learning !!

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