public abstract class TimeZone extends Object
implements Serializable Cloneable
Known Direct Subclasses

TimeZone represents a time zone offset, and also figures out daylight savings.

Typically, you get a TimeZone using getDefault which creates a TimeZone based on the time zone where the program is running. For example, for a program running in Japan, getDefault creates a TimeZone object based on Japanese Standard Time.

You can also get a TimeZone using getTimeZone along with a time zone ID. For instance, the time zone ID for the U.S. Pacific Time zone is "America/Los_Angeles". So, you can get a U.S. Pacific Time TimeZone object with:

 TimeZone tz = TimeZone.getTimeZone("America/Los_Angeles");
You can use the getAvailableIDs method to iterate through all the supported time zone IDs. You can then choose a supported ID to get a TimeZone. If the time zone you want is not represented by one of the supported IDs, then a custom time zone ID can be specified to produce a TimeZone. The syntax of a custom time zone ID is:
         GMT Sign Hours : Minutes
         GMT Sign Hours Minutes
         GMT Sign Hours
 Sign: one of
         + -
         Digit Digit
         Digit Digit
 Digit: one of
         0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Hours must be between 0 to 23 and Minutes must be between 00 to 59. For example, "GMT+10" and "GMT+0010" mean ten hours and ten minutes ahead of GMT, respectively.

The format is locale independent and digits must be taken from the Basic Latin block of the Unicode standard. No daylight saving time transition schedule can be specified with a custom time zone ID. If the specified string doesn't match the syntax, "GMT" is used.

When creating a TimeZone, the specified custom time zone ID is normalized in the following syntax:

         GMT Sign TwoDigitHours : Minutes
 Sign: one of
         + -
         Digit Digit
         Digit Digit
 Digit: one of
         0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
For example, TimeZone.getTimeZone("GMT-8").getID() returns "GMT-08:00".

Three-letter time zone IDs

For compatibility with JDK 1.1.x, some other three-letter time zone IDs (such as "PST", "CTT", "AST") are also supported. However, their use is deprecated because the same abbreviation is often used for multiple time zones (for example, "CST" could be U.S. "Central Standard Time" and "China Standard Time"), and the Java platform can then only recognize one of them.

Constant Summary

int LONG A style specifier for getDisplayName() indicating a long name, such as "Pacific Standard Time."
int SHORT A style specifier for getDisplayName() indicating a short name, such as "PST."

Public Constructor Summary

Sole constructor.

Public Method Summary

Creates a copy of this TimeZone.
static String[]
Gets all the available IDs supported.
static String[]
getAvailableIDs(int rawOffset)
Gets the available IDs according to the given time zone offset in milliseconds.
Returns the amount of time to be added to local standard time to get local wall clock time.
static TimeZone
Gets the default TimeZone for this host.
getDisplayName(boolean daylightTime, int style, Locale locale)
Returns the short or long name of this time zone with either standard or daylight time, as written in locale.
final String
getDisplayName(Locale locale)
Returns a long standard time name of this TimeZone suitable for presentation to the user in the specified locale.
final String
getDisplayName(boolean daylight, int style)
Returns a name in the specified style of this TimeZone suitable for presentation to the user in the default locale.
final String
Returns a long standard time name of this TimeZone suitable for presentation to the user in the default locale.
Gets the ID of this time zone.
getOffset(long date)
Returns the offset of this time zone from UTC at the specified date.
abstract int
getOffset(int era, int year, int month, int day, int dayOfWeek, int milliseconds)
Gets the time zone offset, for current date, modified in case of daylight savings.
abstract int
Returns the amount of time in milliseconds to add to UTC to get standard time in this time zone.
static TimeZone
getTimeZone(String id)
Gets the TimeZone for the given ID.
hasSameRules(TimeZone other)
Returns true if this zone has the same rule and offset as another zone.
abstract boolean
inDaylightTime(Date date)
Queries if the given date is in Daylight Saving Time in this time zone.
Returns true if this TimeZone is currently in Daylight Saving Time, or if a transition from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time occurs at any future time.
synchronized static void
setDefault(TimeZone timeZone)
Sets the TimeZone that is returned by the getDefault method.
setID(String ID)
Sets the time zone ID.
abstract void
setRawOffset(int offsetMillis)
Sets the base time zone offset to GMT.
abstract boolean
Queries if this TimeZone uses Daylight Saving Time.

Inherited Method Summary