How can I increment a date by one day in Java?

I am getting date in the format as yyyy-mm-dd. I need to increment this by one day. How can I do this?

Something like this should do the trick:

String dt = "2008-01-01";  // Start date
SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
Calendar c = Calendar.getInstance();
c.add(Calendar.DATE, 1);  // number of days to add
dt = sdf.format(c.getTime());  // dt is now the new date

Java does appear to be well behind the eight-ball compared to C#. This utility method shows the way to do in Java SE 6 using the Calendar.add method (presumably the only easy way).

public class DateUtil
    public static Date addDays(Date date, int days)
        Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
        cal.add(Calendar.DATE, days); //minus number would decrement the days
        return cal.getTime();

To add one day, per the question asked, call it as follows:

String sourceDate = "2012-02-29";
SimpleDateFormat format = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
Date myDate = format.parse(sourceDate);
myDate = DateUtil.addDays(myDate, 1);

I prefer to use DateUtils from Apache. Check this It is handy especially when you have to use it multiple places in your project and would not want to write your one liner method for this.

The API says:

addDays(Date date, int amount) : Adds a number of days to a date returning a new object.

Note that it returns a new Date object and does not make changes to the previous one itself.

SimpleDateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat( "yyyy-MM-dd" );
Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
cal.setTime( dateFormat.parse( inputString ) );
cal.add( Calendar.DATE, 1 );


On Java 8 and later, the java.time package makes this pretty much automatic. (Tutorial)

Assuming String input and output:

import java.time.LocalDate;

public class DateIncrementer {
  static public String addOneDay(String date) {
    return LocalDate.parse(date).plusDays(1).toString();

Take a look at Joda-Time (

DateTimeFormatter parser =;

DateTime date = parser.parseDateTime(dateString);

String nextDay = parser.print(date.plusDays(1));

Construct a Calendar object and use the method add(Calendar.DATE, 1);

Please note that this line adds 24 hours:

d1.getTime() + 1 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000

but this line adds one day

cal.add( Calendar.DATE, 1 );

On days with a daylight savings time change (25 or 23 hours) you will get different results!

Java 8 added a new API for working with dates and times.

With Java 8 you can use the following lines of code:

// parse date from yyyy-mm-dd pattern
LocalDate januaryFirst = LocalDate.parse("2014-01-01");

// add one day
LocalDate januarySecond = januaryFirst.plusDays(1);

you can use Simple java.util lib

Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance(); 
cal.add(Calendar.DATE, 1);
yourDate = cal.getTime();
    Date today = new Date();               
    SimpleDateFormat formattedDate = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyyMMdd");            
    Calendar c = Calendar.getInstance();        
    c.add(Calendar.DATE, 1);  // number of days to add      
    String tomorrow = (String)(formattedDate.format(c.getTime()));
    System.out.println("Tomorrows date is " + tomorrow);

This will give tomorrow’s date. c.add parameters could be changed from 1 to another number for appropriate increment.

try this code:

Date d1 = new Date();

Date d2 = new Date();

d2.setTime(d1.getTime() + 1 * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000);
long timeadj = 24*60*60*1000;
Date newDate = new Date (oldDate.getTime ()+timeadj);

This takes the number of milliseconds since epoch from oldDate and adds 1 day worth of milliseconds then uses the Date() public constructor to create a date using the new value. This method allows you to add 1 day, or any number of hours/minutes, not only whole days.

If you want to add a single unit of time and you expect that other fields to be incremented as well, you can safely use add method. See example below:

SimpleDateFormat simpleDateFormat1 = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
cal.add(Calendar.DATE, 1);
cal.add(Calendar.DATE, -1);

Will Print:


Apache Commons already has this DateUtils.addDays(Date date, int amount),%20int%29 which you use or you could go with the JodaTime to make it more cleaner.

Just pass date in String and number of next days

 private String getNextDate(String givenDate,int noOfDays) {
        SimpleDateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
        Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance();
        String nextDaysDate = null;
    try {
        cal.add(Calendar.DATE, noOfDays);

       nextDaysDate = dateFormat.format(cal.getTime());

    } catch (ParseException ex) {
        Logger.getLogger(GR_TravelRepublic.class.getName()).log(Level.SEVERE, null, ex);
    dateFormat = null;
    cal = null;

    return nextDaysDate;


In java 8 you can use java.time.LocalDate

LocalDate parsedDate = LocalDate.parse("2015-10-30"); //Parse date from String
LocalDate addedDate = parsedDate.plusDays(1);   //Add one to the day field

You can convert in into java.util.Date object as follows.

Date date = Date.from(addedDate.atStartOfDay(ZoneId.systemDefault()).toInstant());

You can formate LocalDate into a String as follows.

String str = addedDate.format(DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd"));

Use the DateFormat API to convert the String into a Date object, then use the Calendar API to add one day. Let me know if you want specific code examples, and I can update my answer.

Since Java 1.5 TimeUnit.DAYS.toMillis(1) looks more clean to me.

SimpleDateFormat dateFormat = new SimpleDateFormat( "yyyy-MM-dd" );
Date day = dateFormat.parse(string);
// add the day
Date dayAfter = new Date(day.getTime() + TimeUnit.DAYS.toMillis(1));

If you are using Java 8, java.time.LocalDate and java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter can make this work quite simple.

public String nextDate(String date){
      LocalDate parsedDate = LocalDate.parse(date);
      LocalDate addedDate = parsedDate.plusDays(1);
      DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-mm-dd");
      return addedDate.format(formatter); 

If you are using Java 8, then do it like this.

LocalDate sourceDate = LocalDate.of(2017, Month.MAY, 27);  // Source Date
LocalDate destDate = sourceDate.plusDays(1); // Adding a day to source date.

DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy-MM-dd"); // Setting date format

String destDate = destDate.format(formatter));  // End date

If you want to use SimpleDateFormat, then do it like this.

String sourceDate = "2017-05-27";  // Start date
SimpleDateFormat sdf = new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy-MM-dd");
Calendar calendar = Calendar.getInstance();
calendar.setTime(sdf.parse(sourceDate)); // parsed date and setting to calendar
calendar.add(Calendar.DATE, 1);  // number of days to add
String destDate = sdf.format(calendar.getTime());  // End date
Date newDate = new Date();