A date and time library for Clojure, wrapping the Joda Time library.
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A date and time library for Clojure, wrapping the Joda Time library.


clj-time artifacts are released to Clojars.

If you are using Maven, add the following repository definition to your pom.xml:


The Most Recent Release

With Leiningen:

[clj-time "0.4.5"]

With Maven:




The main namespace for date-time operations in the clj-time library is clj-time.core.

=> (use 'clj-time.core)

Create a DateTime instance with date-time, specifying the year, month, day, hour, minute, second, and millisecond:

=> (date-time 1986 10 14 4 3 27 456)
#<DateTime 1986-10-14T04:03:27.456Z>

Less-significant fields can be omitted:

=> (date-time 1986 10 14)
#<DateTime 1986-10-14T00:00:00.000Z>

Get the current time with (now) and the start of the Unix epoch with (epoch).

Once you have a date-time, use accessors like hour and sec to access the corresponding fields:

=> (hour (date-time 1986 10 14 22))

The date-time constructor always returns times in the UTC time zone. If you want a time with the specified fields in a different time zone, use from-time-zone:

=> (from-time-zone (date-time 1986 10 22) (time-zone-for-offset -2))
#<DateTime 1986-10-22T00:00:00.000-02:00>

If on the other hand you want a given absolute instant in time in a different time zone, use to-time-zone:

=> (to-time-zone (date-time 1986 10 22) (time-zone-for-offset -2))
#<DateTime 1986-10-21T22:00:00.000-02:00>

In addition to time-zone-for-offset, you can use the time-zone-for-id and default-time-zone functions and the utc Var to construct or get DateTimeZone instances.

If you only want a date with no time component, consider using the local-date and today functions. These return LocalDate instances that do not have time components (and thus don't suffer from timezone-related shifting).

=> (local-date 2013 3 20)
#<LocalDate 2013-03-20>

The functions after? and before? determine the relative position of two DateTime instances:

=> (after? (date-time 1986 10) (date-time 1986 9))

Often you will want to find a date some amount of time from a given date. For example, to find the time 1 month and 3 weeks from a given date-time:

=> (plus (date-time 1986 10 14) (months 1) (weeks 3))
#<DateTime 1986-12-05T00:00:00.000Z>

An Interval is used to represent the span of time between two DateTime instances. Construct one using interval, then query them using within?, overlaps?, and abuts?

=> (within? (interval (date-time 1986) (date-time 1990))
            (date-time 1987))

The in-secs and in-minutes functions can be used to describe intervals in the corresponding temporal units:

=> (in-minutes (interval (date-time 1986 10 2) (date-time 1986 10 14)))


If you need to parse or print date-times, use clj-time.format:

=> (use 'clj-time.format)

Printing and printing are controlled by formatters. You can either use one of the built in ISO8601 formatters or define your own, e.g.:

(def built-in-formatter (formatters :basic-date-time))
(def custom-formatter (formatter "yyyyMMdd"))

To see a list of available built-in formatters and an example of a date-time printed in their format:

=> (show-formatters)

Remember that mm is minutes, MM is months, ss is seconds and SS is milliseconds.

Once you have a formatter, parsing and printing are strait-forward:

=> (parse custom-formatter "20100311")
#<DateTime 2010-03-11T00:00:00.000Z>

=> (unparse custom-formatter (date-time 2010 10 3))

To parse dates in multiple formats and format dates in just one format, you can do this:

=> (def multi-parser (formatter (default-time-zone) "YYYY-MM-dd" "YYYY/MM/dd"))

=> (unparse multi-parser (parse multi-parser "2012-02-01"))

=> (unparse multi-parser (parse multi-parser "2012/02/01"))


The namespace clj-time.coerce contains utility functions for coercing Joda DateTime instances to and from various other types:

=> (use 'clj-time.coerce)

For example, to convert a Joda DateTime to and from a Java long:

=> (to-long (date-time 1998 4 25))

=> (from-long 893462400000)
#<DateTime 1998-04-25T00:00:00.000Z>

There are also conversions to and from java.util.Date (to-date and from-date), java.sql.Date (to-sql-date and from-sql-date) and several other types.


The namespace clj-time.local contains functions for working with local time without having to shift to/from utc, the preferred time zone of clj-time.core.

Get the current local time with

=> (local-now)

Get a local date-time instance retaining the time fields with

=> (to-local-date-time obj)

The following all return 1986-10-14 04:03:27.246 with the local time zone.

(to-local-date-time (clj-time.core/date-time 1986 10 14 4 3 27 246))
(to-local-date-time "1986-10-14T04:03:27.246")
(to-local-date-time "1986-10-14T04:03:27.246Z")

The dynamic var *local-formatters* contains a map of local formatters for parsing and printing. It is initialized with all the formatters in clj-time.format localized.

to-local-date-time for strings uses *local-formatters* to parse.

Format an obj using a formatter in *local-formatters* corresponding to the format-key passed in with

=> (format-local-time (local-now) :basic-date-time)


Running the tests:

$ lein2 test-all


The complete API documentation is also available (codox generated).


Released under the MIT License: https://github.com/seancorfield/clj-time/blob/master/MIT-LICENSE.txt