AddYears Method

DateTime.AddYears Method (Int32)

 

Returns a new DateTime that adds the specified number of years to the value of this instance.

Namespace:   System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public DateTime AddYears(
	int value
)

Parameters

value
Type: System.Int32

A number of years. The value parameter can be negative or positive.

Return Value

Type: System.DateTime

An object whose value is the sum of the date and time represented by this instance and the number of years represented by value.

Exception Condition
ArgumentOutOfRangeException

value or the resulting DateTime is less than MinValue or greater than MaxValue.

This method does not change the value of this DateTime object. Instead, it returns a new DateTime object whose value is the result of this operation.

The AddYears method calculates the resulting year taking into account leap years. The month and time-of-day part of the resulting DateTime object remains the same as this instance.

If the current instance represents the leap day in a leap year, the return value depends on the target date:

  • If value + DateTime.Year is also a leap year, the return value represents the leap day in that year. For example, if four years is added to February 29, 2012, the date returned is February 29, 2016.

  • If value + DateTime.Year is not a leap year, the return value represents the day before the leap day in that year. For example, if one year is added to February 29, 2012, the date returned is February 28, 2013.

The following example illustrates using the AddYears method with a DateTime value that represents a leap year day. It displays the date for the fifteen years prior to and the fifteen years that follow February 29, 2000.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      DateTime baseDate = new DateTime(2000, 2, 29);
      Console.WriteLine("    Base Date:        {0:d}\n", baseDate);

      // Show dates of previous fifteen years.
      for (int ctr = -1; ctr >= -15; ctr--)
         Console.WriteLine("{0,2} year(s) ago:        {1:d}", 
                           Math.Abs(ctr), baseDate.AddYears(ctr));
      Console.WriteLine();

      // Show dates of next fifteen years.
      for (int ctr = 1; ctr <= 15; ctr++)
         Console.WriteLine("{0,2} year(s) from now:   {1:d}", 
                           ctr, baseDate.AddYears(ctr));
   }
}
// The example displays the following output:
//           Base Date:        2/29/2000
//       
//        1 year(s) ago:        2/28/1999
//        2 year(s) ago:        2/28/1998
//        3 year(s) ago:        2/28/1997
//        4 year(s) ago:        2/29/1996
//        5 year(s) ago:        2/28/1995
//        6 year(s) ago:        2/28/1994
//        7 year(s) ago:        2/28/1993
//        8 year(s) ago:        2/29/1992
//        9 year(s) ago:        2/28/1991
//       10 year(s) ago:        2/28/1990
//       11 year(s) ago:        2/28/1989
//       12 year(s) ago:        2/29/1988
//       13 year(s) ago:        2/28/1987
//       14 year(s) ago:        2/28/1986
//       15 year(s) ago:        2/28/1985
//       
//        1 year(s) from now:   2/28/2001
//        2 year(s) from now:   2/28/2002
//        3 year(s) from now:   2/28/2003
//        4 year(s) from now:   2/29/2004
//        5 year(s) from now:   2/28/2005
//        6 year(s) from now:   2/28/2006
//        7 year(s) from now:   2/28/2007
//        8 year(s) from now:   2/29/2008
//        9 year(s) from now:   2/28/2009
//       10 year(s) from now:   2/28/2010
//       11 year(s) from now:   2/28/2011
//       12 year(s) from now:   2/29/2012
//       13 year(s) from now:   2/28/2013
//       14 year(s) from now:   2/28/2014
//       15 year(s) from now:   2/28/2015

Universal Windows Platform
Available since 4.5
.NET Framework
Available since 1.1
Portable Class Library
Supported in: portable .NET platforms
Silverlight
Available since 2.0
Windows Phone Silverlight
Available since 7.0
Windows Phone
Available since 8.1
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