[Solved] java.time.temporal. UnsupportedTemporalType Exception: Unsupported field: YearOfEra

UnsupportedTemporalTypeException is sub class of java.time.DateTimeException which is runtime checked exception. UnsupportedTemporalTypeException indicates that a ChronoField or ChronoUnit is not supported for a Temporal class.


  • UnsupportedTemporalTypeException(String message): Constructs a new UnsupportedTemporalTypeException with the specified message.
  • UnsupportedTemporalTypeException(String message, Throwable cause): Constructs a new UnsupportedTemporalTypeException with the specified message and cause.


Exception Example

Below is example to convert Legacy date(java.util.Date) to java.time.Instant and vice versa.

package java.time.temporal;

import java.text.SimpleDateFormat;
import java.time.Instant;
import java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter;
import java.util.Date;

public class UnsupportedTemporalTypeExceptionExample {

public static void main(String[] args) {
SimpleDateFormat utilDateTimeFormat=new SimpleDateFormat("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss");
//Exception on below line to resolve this issue uncomment at end of line.
DateTimeFormatter java8DateTimeFormat=DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss");//.withZone(ZoneId.systemDefault());;
//Date to Instant
Date date=new Date();
Instant inst = date.toInstant();
System.out.println("Initial Date :"+utilDateTimeFormat.format(date));
System.out.println("Converted Instant :"+java8DateTimeFormat.format(inst));
//Instant To Date
Date newDate = Date.from(inst);
System.out.println("Converted Date :"+utilDateTimeFormat.format(newDate));

Exception StackTrace

Initial Date :2018/08/04 08:11:53
Exception in thread "main" java.time.temporal.UnsupportedTemporalTypeException: Unsupported field: YearOfEra
    at java.time.Instant.getLong(Unknown Source)
    at java.time.format.DateTimePrintContext.getValue(Unknown Source)
    at java.time.format.DateTimeFormatterBuilder$NumberPrinterParser.format(Unknown Source)
    at java.time.format.DateTimeFormatterBuilder$CompositePrinterParser.format(Unknown Source)
    at java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter.formatTo(Unknown Source)
    at java.time.format.DateTimeFormatter.format(Unknown Source)
    at com.date.Legacy2Java8DateTimeInteroprability.main(Legacy2Java8DateTimeInteroprability.java:26)


The Instant class doesn’t contain Zone information, it only stores timestamp in milliseconds from UNIX epoch, i.e. 1 Jan 1070 from UTC. So, formatter can’t print a date because date always printed for concrete time zone. To format an Instant a time-zone is required. Without a time-zone, the formatter does not know how to convert the instant to human date-time fields, and therefore throws an exception.


The time-zone can be added directly to the formatter using withZone().You should set time zone to formatter and all will be fine.

in above example you can uncomment commented section as below to solve this issue.

DateTimeFormatter java8DateTimeFormat=DateTimeFormatter.ofPattern("yyyy/MM/dd HH:mm:ss").withZone(ZoneId.systemDefault());;

some more ways to format date

DateTimeFormatter formatter =
    DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime( FormatStyle.SHORT )
                     .withLocale( Locale.UK )
                     .withZone( ZoneId.systemDefault() );


DateTimeFormatter formatter = DateTimeFormatter.ofLocalizedDateTime(FormatStyle.SHORT).withLocale(Locale.UK).withZone(ZoneOffset.UTC);

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