soc / scala-java-time

A Scala implementation of java.time

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Scala Java-Time

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This project provides an implementation of the java.time package, a date and time library that was added in Java 8. The implementation is based on the original BSD-licensed reference implementation (before it was contributed to OpenJDK).


import org.threeten.bp._

// always returns 2009-02-13T23:31:30
val fixedClock = Clock.fixed(Instant.ofEpochSecond(1234567890L), ZoneOffset.ofHours(0))
val date =

date.getMonth      == Month.FEBRUARY
date.getDayOfWeek  == DayOfWeek.FRIDAY
date.getDayOfMonth == 13
date.getHour       == 23

val tomorrow = date.plusDays(1)

val duration = Duration.between(date, tomorrow)
duration.toMinutes == 1440L

val period = Period.between(date.toLocalDate, tomorrow.toLocalDate)
period.get(temporal.ChronoUnit.DAYS) == 1L

val date1 = LocalDate.of(2001, 1, 31)
date1.plusMonths(1) == LocalDate.of(2001, 2, 28)
val date2 = date1.`with`(
date2 == LocalDate.of(2001, 2, 4)

val offsetTime = OffsetTime.of(date.toLocalTime, ZoneOffset.ofHours(1))
offsetTime.isBefore(OffsetTime.of(date.toLocalTime, ZoneOffset.ofHours(0))) == true

val format1 = format.DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("MMMM MM d HH mm ss EE EEEE yyyy G", java.util.Locale.GERMAN)
date.format(format1) == "Februar 02 13 23 31 30 Fr. Freitag 2009 n. Chr."     == "Japanese Heisei 21-02-13" == "ThaiBuddhist BE 2552-02-13"       == "Minguo ROC 98-02-13"


The scala-java-time library is currently available for Scala (JVM, version 8 and later) and Scala.js (JavaScript). Both Scala 2.11 and Scala 2.12 (2.12.0-M5 and later) are supported.

To get started with SBT, add one (or both) of these dependencies:

  • libraryDependencies += "io.github.soc" % "scala-java-time" % "2.0.0-M1" (for Scala)
  • libraryDependencies += "io.github.soc" %%% "scala-java-time" % "2.0.0-M1" (for Scala.js, Scala.js plugin required)


This project builds using sbt. Run sbt scalajavatimeCrossJVM/test to run the test suite on the JVM and sbt scalajavatimeCrossJS/test to run the test suite in JavaScript.


Most parts of this library work perfectly fine with Scala.js in the browser. Locale, formatting and timezone support is limited and providing these missing pieces are the current focus of this project. @cquiroz is currently working on implementing locale support.


We welcome all contributions, including ideas, suggestions, bug reports, bug fixes and code! We are especially interested in contributions that tackle the following issues:

  • Support for formatting: Formatting uses a lot of JDK classes, which we might not want to reimplement in Scala.js. We might be able to use the new Intl Web API.
  • Support for timezones: The timezone information is read from a binary blob, which won't work in the browser. We will have a look at other projects like moment.js and decide whether we want to use the same format, or come up with our own.

Have a look at the issues to find something to work on! Let us know if you need help!



We will keep releasing milestone builds while work on the remaining bits and pieces to support 100% of this library on Scala.js is ongoing (most parts work fine already).

The last milestone will rename the package name from org.threeten.bp to java.time.

A stable release of 2.0 will be published after a (hopefully) short RC phase.


As soon as Scala-Native provides cross-compilation capabilities we will investigate what's necessary to compile this library to native code.

Time-zone data

The time-zone database is stored as a pre-compiled dat file that is included in the built jar. The version of the time-zone data used is stored within the dat file (near the start). Updating the time-zone database involves using the TzdbZoneRulesCompiler class and re-compiling the jar file. Pull requests with later versions of the dat file will be accepted.


Is this project derived from OpenJDK?

No. This project is derived from the Reference Implementation previously hosted on GitHub. That project had a BSD license, which has been preserved here. Thus, this project is a fork of the original code before entry to OpenJDK.