How to Get The Current Date in JavaScript – Definitive Guide

Dates are useful in every type of application for logging an event.

You can get the current date in JavaScript using new Date() statement.

In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to get the current date in JavaScript.

If You’re in Hurry…

You can use the below code snippet to get the current date in JavaScript.

var today_date = new Date();

console.log(today_date);

You’ll see the date in default format including the timezone information as below.

Output

Sat Jan 01 2022 20:28:58 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

If You Want to Understand Details, Read on…

Date() constructor and a few other external libraries are available to provide the current date in the JavaScript application.

Using Date()

Date object represents a current moment in time in a platform-independent format.

Create a new Date() object and assign it to a variable. The date object returns the full date, time including the time zone.

var today_date = new Date();

today_date;

You’ll see the date in default format including the timezone information as below.

Output

Sat Jan 01 2022 20:28:58 GMT+0530 (India Standard Time)

This is how to get today’s date in JavaScript.

Get Current Date in JavasScript Using Moment

Moment JS is a library that supports getting date or time information from the system.

Moment JS is in maintenance mode and it is not under development anymore.

Adding Moment JS Reference

Add the below reference to the moment js script. Otherwise, you’ll get Uncaught ReferenceError: $ is not defined error when trying to use the moment js methods.

<script src="https://cdnjs.cloudflare.com/ajax/libs/moment.js/2.22.1/moment.min.js"></script>

Code

var today_date_moment = new moment();

today_date_moment.format();

Get Current Date in JavaScript Without Time

You can get the current date in JavaScript without time by converting the date string to an ISOString using the toISOString() method.

This method converts the date into a simplified string format which is always 24 or 27 characters long. It contains the date and time separated by T.

You can split to ISOString using the split method and it’ll return the date in the first index position.

Code

var today_date = new Date();

today_date.toISOString().split('T')[0];

Get Only Date

You can get the date from Date object using the getDate() method.

Code

var today_date = new Date();

today_date.getDate();

Get Only Month

You can get the month from Date object using the getMonth() method.

The month index starts from 0. Hence always add + to get the right month number.

Code

var today_date = new Date();

today_date.getMonth() + 1;

Get Only Year

You can get year from Date object using the getFullYear() method.

Code

var today_date = new Date();

today_date.getFullYear();

Get Date in Current Locale

You can get the Date in the current Locale by converting the date object using the toLocaleDateString() method and passing the current locale. To get the list of all locales, refer to this StackOverflow answer.

Code

var today_date = new Date();

today_date.toLocaleDateString('en-GB')

This is how you can get today’s date in the current locale.

Get Current Date In yyyy-mm-dd Format

Date in ISOString format is already available in the yyyy-mm-dd. So you can convert the current date into ISOString and split it to get only the date value.

Code

var today_date = new Date();

console.log(today_date.toISOString().split('T')[0]);

Get Current Date In dd/mm/yyyy Format

You can get the current date and obtain the date, month and year and append it in the format dd/mm/yyyy.

var today = new Date();

var dd = String(today.getDate());

var mm = String(today.getMonth() + 1);

var yyyy = today.getFullYear();

console.log(dd + '/'+ mm + '/' + yyyy);

Get Current Date in dd mmm yyyy Format

To get the month name in short form, you can use the below code snippet.

Code

var months = ['Jan','Feb','Mar','Apr','May','Jun','Jul','Aug','Sep','Oct','Nov','Dec'];

var date = new Date();

var str = date.getDate()
                + '-' + months[date.getMonth()]
                + '-' + date.getFullYear();

console.log(str);

Get Current Date in String Format

var date_str = new Date();

console.log(date_str);

JSfiddle

This tutorial is available in this JSFiddle.

Conclusion

In this tutorial, You’ve learned how to get the current date in JavaScript. Also, you’ve learned how to get a date without the time and how to get the date in a different format.

If you’ve any questions, please comment below.

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