Java.util.Resource Bundle.Control.getTimeToLive() Method



The java.util.ResourceBundle.Control.getTimeToLive(String baseName,Locale locale) method Returns the time-to-live (TTL) value for resource bundles that are loaded under this ResourceBundle.Control.

Positive time-to-live values specify the number of milliseconds a bundle can remain in the cache without being validated against the source data from which it was constructed.

The value 0 indicates that a bundle must be validated each time it is retrieved from the cache. TTL_DONT_CACHE specifies that loaded resource bundles are not put in the cache. TTL_NO_EXPIRATION_CONTROL specifies that loaded resource bundles are put in the cache with no expiration control.


Following is the declaration for java.util.Control.getTimeToLive() method

public long getTimeToLive(String baseName, Locale locale)


  • baseName -- the base name of the resource bundle for which the expiration value is specified.

  • locale -- the locale of the resource bundle for which the expiration value is specified.

Return Value

This method returns the time (0 or a positive millisecond offset from the cached time) to get loaded bundles expired in the cache, TTL_NO_EXPIRATION_CONTROL to disable the expiration control, or TTL_DONT_CACHE to disable caching.


  • NullPointerException -- if baseName or locale is null


The following example shows the usage of java.util.ResourceBundle.Control.getTimeToLive() method.

package com.tutorialspoint;

import java.util.Locale;
import java.util.ResourceBundle;
import java.util.ResourceBundle.Control;

public class ResourceBundleControlDemo {

   public static void main(String[] args) {

   // create a new ResourceBundle.Control with default format
   ResourceBundle.Control rbc =

   // print time to live
   System.out.println("" + rbc.getTimeToLive("hello", Locale.US));

Assuming we have a resource file available in your CLASSPATH, with the following content. This file will be used as an input for our example program:

hello=Hello World!

Let us compile and run the above program, this will produce the following result: