Java 8 LocalDateTime is parsing invalid datetime

You just need a strict ResolverStyle.

Parsing a text string occurs in two phases. Phase 1 is a basic text parse according to the fields added to the builder. Phase 2 resolves the parsed field-value pairs into date and/or time objects. This style is used to control how phase 2, resolving, happens.

Sample code – where withResolverStyle(ResolverStyle.STRICT) is the important change, along with the use of uuuu rather than yyyy (where uuuu is “year” and “yyyy” is “year of era”, and therefore ambiguous):

import java.time.*;
import java.time.format.*;
import java.util.*;

public class Test {

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        String dateFormat = "HH:mm:ss MM/dd/uuuu";
        String dateString = "11:30:59 02/31/2015";
        DateTimeFormatter dateTimeFormatter = DateTimeFormatter
            .ofPattern(dateFormat, Locale.US)
        try {
            LocalDateTime date = LocalDateTime.parse(dateString, dateTimeFormatter);
        } catch (DateTimeParseException e) {
            // Throw invalid date message
            System.out.println("Exception was thrown");

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