[objective-c] How do I add 1 day to an NSDate?

Basically, as the title says. I'm wondering how I could add 1 day to an NSDate.

So if it were:

21st February 2011

It would become:

22nd February 2011

Or if it were:

31st December 2011

It would become:

1st January 2012.

This question is related to objective-c swift date cocoa-touch nsdate

The answer is

String extension: Convert String_Date > Date

extension String{
  func DateConvert(oldFormat:String)->Date{ // format example: yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss 
    let isoDate = self
    let dateFormatter = DateFormatter()
    dateFormatter.locale = Locale(identifier: "en_US_POSIX") // set locale to reliable US_POSIX
    dateFormatter.dateFormat = oldFormat
    return dateFormatter.date(from:isoDate)!

Date extension: Convert Date > String

extension Date{
 func DateConvert(_ newFormat:String)-> String{
    let formatter = DateFormatter()
    formatter.dateFormat = newFormat
    return formatter.string(from: self)

Date extension: Get +/- Date

extension String{
  func next(day:Int)->Date{
    var dayComponent    = DateComponents()
    dayComponent.day    = day
    let theCalendar     = Calendar.current
    let nextDate        = theCalendar.date(byAdding: dayComponent, to: Date())
    return nextDate!

 func past(day:Int)->Date{
    var pastCount = day
        pastCount = day * -1
    var dayComponent    = DateComponents()
    dayComponent.day    = pastCount
    let theCalendar     = Calendar.current
    let nextDate        = theCalendar.date(byAdding: dayComponent, to: Date())
    return nextDate!


let today = Date()
let todayString = "2020-02-02 23:00:00"
let newDate = today.DateConvert("yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss") //2020-02-02 23:00:00
let newToday = todayString.DateConvert(oldFormat: "yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss")//2020-02-02
let newDatePlus = today.next(day: 1)//2020-02-03 23:00:00
let newDateMinus = today.past(day: 1)//2020-02-01 23:00:00

reference: from multiple question
How do I add 1 day to an NSDate?
math function to convert positive int to negative and negative to positive?
Converting NSString to NSDate (and back again)

It's work!

    NSCalendar *calendar = [NSCalendar currentCalendar];
    NSCalendarUnit unit = NSCalendarUnitDay;
    NSInteger value = 1;
    NSDate *today = [NSDate date];
    NSDate *tomorrow = [calendar dateByAddingUnit:unit value:value toDate:today options:NSCalendarMatchStrictly];

for swift 2.2:

let today = NSDate()
let tomorrow = NSCalendar.currentCalendar().dateByAddingUnit(
        value: 1,
        toDate: today,
        options: NSCalendarOptions.MatchStrictly)

Hope this helps someone!

Swift 4.0 (same as Swift 3.0 in this wonderful answer just making it clear for rookies like me)

let today = Date()
let yesterday = Calendar.current.date(byAdding: .day, value: -1, to: today)

Swift 4, if all you really need is a 24 hour shift (60*60*24 seconds) and not "1 calendar day"

Future: let dayAhead = Date(timeIntervalSinceNow: TimeInterval(86400.0))

Past: let dayAgo = Date(timeIntervalSinceNow: TimeInterval(-86400.0))

You can use NSDate's method - (id)dateByAddingTimeInterval:(NSTimeInterval)seconds where seconds would be 60 * 60 * 24 = 86400

A working Swift 3+ implementation based on highmaintenance's answer and vikingosegundo's comment. This Date extension also has additional options to change year, month and time:

extension Date {

    /// Returns a Date with the specified amount of components added to the one it is called with
    func add(years: Int = 0, months: Int = 0, days: Int = 0, hours: Int = 0, minutes: Int = 0, seconds: Int = 0) -> Date? {
        let components = DateComponents(year: years, month: months, day: days, hour: hours, minute: minutes, second: seconds)
        return Calendar.current.date(byAdding: components, to: self)

    /// Returns a Date with the specified amount of components subtracted from the one it is called with
    func subtract(years: Int = 0, months: Int = 0, days: Int = 0, hours: Int = 0, minutes: Int = 0, seconds: Int = 0) -> Date? {
        return add(years: -years, months: -months, days: -days, hours: -hours, minutes: -minutes, seconds: -seconds)


Usage for only adding a day as asked by OP would then be:

let today = Date() // date is then today for this example
let tomorrow = today.add(days: 1)

Update for Swift 4:

let now = Date() // the current date/time
let oneDayFromNow = Calendar.current.date(byAdding: .day, value: 1, to: now) // Tomorrow with same time of day as now

iOS 8+, OSX 10.9+, Objective-C

NSCalendar *cal = [NSCalendar currentCalendar];    
NSDate *tomorrow = [cal dateByAddingUnit:NSCalendarUnitDay 
                                  toDate:[NSDate date] 

Swift 3.0 very simple implementation would be:

func dateByAddingDays(inDays: Int) -> Date {
    let today = Date()
    return Calendar.current.date(byAdding: .day, value: inDays, to: today)!

Updated for Swift 5

let today = Date()
let nextDate = Calendar.current.date(byAdding: .day, value: 1, to: today)

Objective C

 NSCalendar *gregorian = [[NSCalendar alloc] initWithCalendarIdentifier:NSGregorianCalendar];
 // now build a NSDate object for the next day
 NSDateComponents *offsetComponents = [[NSDateComponents alloc] init];
 [offsetComponents setDay:1];
 NSDate *nextDate = [gregorian dateByAddingComponents:offsetComponents toDate: [NSDate date] options:0];

Use the below function and use days paramater to get the date daysAhead/daysBehind just pass parameter as positive for future date or negative for previous dates:

+ (NSDate *) getDate:(NSDate *)fromDate daysAhead:(NSUInteger)days
    NSDateComponents *dateComponents = [[NSDateComponents alloc] init];
    dateComponents.day = days;
    NSCalendar *calendar = [NSCalendar currentCalendar];
    NSDate *previousDate = [calendar dateByAddingComponents:dateComponents
    [dateComponents release];
    return previousDate;

NSDateComponents *dayComponent = [[[NSDateComponents alloc] init] autorelease];
dayComponent.day = 1;

NSCalendar *theCalendar = [NSCalendar currentCalendar];
dateToBeIncremented = [theCalendar dateByAddingComponents:dayComponent toDate:dateToBeIncremented options:0];

Ok - I thought this was going to work for me. However, if you use it to add a day to the 31st March 2013, it'll return a date that has only 23 hours added to it. It may well actually have the 24, but using in calculations has only 23:00 hours added.

Similarly, if you blast forward to 28th Oct 2013, the code adds 25 hours resulting in a date time of 2013-10-28 01:00:00.

In order to add a day I was doing the thing at the top, adding the:

NSDate *newDate1 = [now dateByAddingTimeInterval:60*60*24*daysToAdd];

Complicated, principally due to daylight saving.

In swift

var dayComponenet = NSDateComponents()
dayComponenet.day = 1

var theCalendar = NSCalendar.currentCalendar()
var nextDate = theCalendar.dateByAddingComponents(dayComponenet, toDate: NSDate(), options: nil)

NSDate *now = [NSDate date];
NSCalendar *calendar = [[NSCalendar alloc] initWithCalendarIdentifier:NSGregorianCalendar];
NSDateComponents *components = [calendar components:NSYearCalendarUnit|NSMonthCalendarUnit|NSDayCalendarUnit fromDate:now];
NSDate *startDate = [calendar dateFromComponents:components];
NSLog(@"StartDate = %@", startDate);

components.day += 1;
NSDate *endDate = [calendar dateFromComponents:components];
NSLog(@"EndDate = %@", endDate);

I had the same problem; use an extension for NSDate:

- (id)dateByAddingYears:(NSUInteger)years
    NSDateComponents * delta = [[[NSDateComponents alloc] init] autorelease];
    NSCalendar * gregorian = [[[NSCalendar alloc]
                               initWithCalendarIdentifier:NSCalendarIdentifierGregorian] autorelease];

    [delta setYear:years];
    [delta setMonth:months];
    [delta setDay:days];
    [delta setHour:hours];
    [delta setMinute:minutes];
    [delta setSecond:seconds];

    return [gregorian dateByAddingComponents:delta toDate:self options:0];

Since iOS 8 you can use NSCalendar.dateByAddingUnit

Example in Swift 1.x:

let today = NSDate()
let tomorrow = NSCalendar.currentCalendar()
         value: 1, 
         toDate: today, 
         options: NSCalendarOptions(0)

Swift 2.0:

let today = NSDate()
let tomorrow = NSCalendar.currentCalendar()
        value: 1, 
        toDate: today, 
        options: []

Swift 3.0:

let today = Date()
let tomorrow = Calendar.current.date(byAdding: .day, value: 1, to: today)

update for swift 5

let nextDate = fromDate.addingTimeInterval(60*60*24)

In swift 4 or swift 5, you can use like bellow:

    let date = Date()
    let yesterday = Calendar.current.date(byAdding: .day, value: -1, to: date)
    let dateFormatter = DateFormatter()
    dateFormatter.dateFormat = "yyyy-MM-dd"
    let yesterday_date = dateFormatter.string(from: yesterday!)


Current date: 2020-03-02
yesterday date: 2020-03-01

Here is a general purpose method which lets you add/subtract any type of unit(Year/Month/Day/Hour/Second etc) in the specified date.

Using Swift 2.2

func addUnitToDate(unitType: NSCalendarUnit, number: Int, date:NSDate) -> NSDate {

    return NSCalendar.currentCalendar().dateByAddingUnit(
        value: number,
        toDate: date,
        options: NSCalendarOptions(rawValue: 0))!


print( addUnitToDate(.Day, number: 1, date: NSDate()) ) // Adds 1 Day To Current Date
print( addUnitToDate(.Hour, number: 1, date: NSDate()) ) // Adds 1 Hour To Current Date
print( addUnitToDate(.Minute, number: 1, date: NSDate()) ) // Adds 1 Minute To Current Date

// NOTE: You can use negative values to get backward values too

In Swift 2.1.1 and xcode 7.1 OSX 10.10.5 ,you can add any number of days forward and backwards using function

func addDaystoGivenDate(baseDate:NSDate,NumberOfDaysToAdd:Int)->NSDate
    let dateComponents = NSDateComponents()
    let CurrentCalendar = NSCalendar.currentCalendar()
    let CalendarOption = NSCalendarOptions()

    dateComponents.day = NumberOfDaysToAdd

    let newDate = CurrentCalendar.dateByAddingComponents(dateComponents, toDate: baseDate, options: CalendarOption)
    return newDate!

function call for incrementing current date by 9 days

var newDate = addDaystoGivenDate(NSDate(), NumberOfDaysToAdd: 9)

function call for decrement current date by 80 days

newDate = addDaystoGivenDate(NSDate(), NumberOfDaysToAdd: -80)

Swift 5.0 :

var dayComponent    = DateComponents()
dayComponent.day    = 1 // For removing one day (yesterday): -1
let theCalendar     = Calendar.current
let nextDate        = theCalendar.date(byAdding: dayComponent, to: Date())
print("nextDate : \(nextDate)")

Objective C :

NSDateComponents *dayComponent = [[NSDateComponents alloc] init];
dayComponent.day = 1;

NSCalendar *theCalendar = [NSCalendar currentCalendar];
NSDate *nextDate = [theCalendar dateByAddingComponents:dayComponent toDate:[NSDate date] options:0];

NSLog(@"nextDate: %@ ...", nextDate);

This should be self-explanatory.

In swift you can make extension to add method in NSDate

extension NSDate {
    func addNoOfDays(noOfDays:Int) -> NSDate! {
        let cal:NSCalendar = NSCalendar.currentCalendar()
        cal.timeZone = NSTimeZone(abbreviation: "UTC")!
        let comps:NSDateComponents = NSDateComponents()
        comps.day = noOfDays
        return cal.dateByAddingComponents(comps, toDate: self, options: nil)

you can use this as


NSDate *now = [NSDate date];
int daysToAdd = 1;
NSDate *tomorrowDate = [now dateByAddingTimeInterval:60*60*24*daysToAdd];

NSDateFormatter *dateFormatter = [[NSDateFormatter alloc] init];
[dateFormatter setDateFormat:@"EEEE, dd MMM yyyy"];
NSLog(@"%@", [dateFormatter stringFromDate:tomorrowDate]);

Swift 4.0

extension Date {
    func add(_ unit: Calendar.Component, value: Int) -> Date? {
        return Calendar.current.date(byAdding: unit, value: value, to: self)


date.add(.day, 3)!   // adds 3 days
date.add(.day, -14)!   // subtracts 14 days

Note: If you don't know why the lines of code end with an exclamation point, look up "Swift Optionals" on Google.

NSDate *today=[NSDate date];
NSCalendar *calendar = [[NSCalendar alloc] initWithCalendarIdentifier: NSGregorianCalendar];
NSDateComponents *components=[[NSDateComponents alloc] init];
NSDate *targetDate =[calendar dateByAddingComponents:components toDate:today options: 0];

Use following code:

NSDate *now = [NSDate date];
int daysToAdd = 1;
NSDate *newDate1 = [now dateByAddingTimeInterval:60*60*24*daysToAdd];



is now deprecated.

Swift 2.0

let today = NSDate()    
let calendar = NSCalendar.currentCalendar()
let tomorrow = calendar.dateByAddingUnit(.Day, value: 1, toDate: today, options: NSCalendarOptions.MatchFirst)

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