How to Sort a List in Java by Date

To sort a list of objects by date in Java, we need to make use of the Collections.sort() method along with a custom Comparator.

Sort by LocalDate:

Collections.sort(employees, Comparator.comparing(Employee::getDateOfBirth));


package org.code2care.examples;

import java.time.LocalDate;
import java.util.ArrayList;
import java.util.Collections;
import java.util.Comparator;
import java.util.List;

public class Employee {

    private String name;
    private LocalDate dateOfBirth;

    public Employee(String name, LocalDate dateOfBirth) { = name;
        this.dateOfBirth = dateOfBirth;

    public String getName() {
        return name;

    public LocalDate getDateOfBirth() {
        return dateOfBirth;

    public static void main(String[] args) {
        List<Employee> employees = new ArrayList<>();

        employees.add(new Employee("Mike", LocalDate.of(1990, 4, 1)));
        employees.add(new Employee("Sam", LocalDate.of(1985, 6, 5)));
        employees.add(new Employee("Andy", LocalDate.of(1980, 9, 20)));
        employees.add(new Employee("Andrew", LocalDate.of(1950, 12, 25)));
        employees.add(new Employee("Eric", LocalDate.of(1995, 11, 12)));

        Collections.sort(employees, Comparator.comparing(Employee::getDateOfBirth));

        for (Employee employee : employees) {
            System.out.println(employee.getName() + " - DoB: " + employee.getDateOfBirth());
Java Sort List by Date (LocalDate)

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