Micah Hainline Micah Hainline - 1 month ago 4x
Java Question

How can I find the number of years between two dates in android?

I am trying to determine an age in years from a certain date. Does anyone know a clean way to do this in Android? I have the Java api available obviously, but the straight-up java api is pretty weak, and I was hoping that Android has something to help me out.

EDIT: The multiple recommendations to use Joda time in Android worries me a bit due to Android Java - Joda Date is slow and related concerns. Also, pulling in a library not shipped with the platform for something this size is probably overkill.

public static int getDiffYears(Date first, Date last) {
    Calendar a = getCalendar(first);
    Calendar b = getCalendar(last);
    int diff = b.get(YEAR) - a.get(YEAR);
    if (a.get(MONTH) > b.get(MONTH) || 
        (a.get(MONTH) == b.get(MONTH) && a.get(DATE) > b.get(DATE))) {
    return diff;

public static Calendar getCalendar(Date date) {
    Calendar cal = Calendar.getInstance(Locale.US);
    return cal;