How do I know if a given year is a leap year?

The example How do I check if a year is a leap year? use the java.util.Calendar object to determine if a given year is a leap year. That was a the way to do it using the old API before we have the Date and Time API introduced in Java 8.

Now, in the Java 8 API we can check if a given year is a leap year using a couple of ways. We can determine if a given date is in a leap year by calling the isLeapYear() method of the java.time.LocalDate class. While using the java.time.Year class we can check is the given year if a leap year using the isLeap() method.

The following code snippet will show you how to do it:

package org.kodejava.example.datetime;

import java.time.LocalDate;
import java.time.Month;
import java.time.Year;
import java.time.temporal.ChronoField;

public class YearIsLeapExample {
    public static void main(String[] args) {
        // Using the java.time.LocalDate class.
        LocalDate now =;
        boolean isLeap = now.isLeapYear();
        System.out.printf("Year %d, leap year = %s%n", now.getYear(), isLeap);

        LocalDate date = LocalDate.of(2012, Month.JANUARY, 1);
        isLeap = date.isLeapYear();
        System.out.printf("Year %d, leap year = %s%n", date.getYear(), isLeap);

        // Using the java.time.Year class.
        Year year =;
        isLeap = year.isLeap();
        System.out.printf("Year %d, leap year = %s%n", year.getValue(), isLeap);

        Year anotherYear = Year.of(2012);
        isLeap = anotherYear.isLeap();
        System.out.printf("Year %d, leap year = %s%n", anotherYear.get(ChronoField.YEAR), isLeap);

The code snippet will print out the following result:

Year 2015, leap year = false
Year 2012, leap year = true
Year 2015, leap year = false
Year 2012, leap year = true