IsLeapYear Method

DateTime.IsLeapYear Method

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Returns an indication whether the specified year is a leap year.

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

Public Shared Function IsLeapYear ( _
	year As Integer _
) As Boolean


Type: System.Int32
A 4-digit year.

Return Value

Type: System.Boolean
true if year is a leap year; otherwise, false.


year is less than 1 or greater than 9999.

year is specified as a 4-digit base 10 number; for example, 1996.

year is always interpreted as a year in the Gregorian calendar. To determine whether a particular year was a leap year in some other calendar, call that calendar object's IsLeapYear method.

The following example uses the IsLeapYear method to determine which years between 1994 and 2014 are leap years. The example also illustrates the result when the AddYears method is used to add a year to a leap day.

Module Example
   Public Sub Demo(ByVal outputBlock As System.Windows.Controls.TextBlock)
      For year As Integer = 1994 To 2014
         If DateTime.IsLeapYear(year) Then
            outputBlock.Text += String.Format("{0} is a leap year.", year) & vbCrLf
            Dim leapDay As New Date(year, 2, 29)
            Dim nextYear As Date = leapDay.AddYears(1)
            outputBlock.Text += String.Format("   One year from {0} is {1}.", _
                              leapDay.ToString("d"), _
                              nextYear.ToString("d")) & vbCrLf
         End If
   End Sub
End Module
' The example displays the following output:
'       1996 is a leap year.
'          One year from 2/29/1996 is 2/28/1997.
'       2000 is a leap year.
'          One year from 2/29/2000 is 2/28/2001.
'       2004 is a leap year.
'          One year from 2/29/2004 is 2/28/2005.
'       2008 is a leap year.
'          One year from 2/29/2008 is 2/28/2009.
'       2012 is a leap year.
'          One year from 2/29/2012 is 2/28/2013.

Windows Phone OS

Supported in: 8.1, 8.0, 7.1, 7.0

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