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Getting current date and time in JavaScript


Question

I have a script that prints the current date and time in JavaScript, but the DATE is always wrong. Here is the code:

var currentdate = new Date();
var datetime = "Last Sync: " + currentdate.getDay() + "/" + currentdate.getMonth() 
+ "/" + currentdate.getFullYear() + " @ " 
+ currentdate.getHours() + ":" 
+ currentdate.getMinutes() + ":" + currentdate.getSeconds();

It should print 18/04/2012 15:07:33 and prints 3/3/2012 15:07:33

2020/08/03
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8/3/2020 9:28:08 PM

Accepted Answer

.getMonth() returns a zero-based number so to get the correct month you need to add 1, so calling .getMonth() in may will return 4 and not 5.

So in your code we can use currentdate.getMonth()+1 to output the correct value. In addition:

  • .getDate() returns the day of the month <- this is the one you want
  • .getDay() is a separate method of the Date object which will return an integer representing the current day of the week (0-6) 0 == Sunday etc

so your code should look like this:

var currentdate = new Date(); 
var datetime = "Last Sync: " + currentdate.getDate() + "/"
                + (currentdate.getMonth()+1)  + "/" 
                + currentdate.getFullYear() + " @ "  
                + currentdate.getHours() + ":"  
                + currentdate.getMinutes() + ":" 
                + currentdate.getSeconds();

JavaScript Date instances inherit from Date.prototype. You can modify the constructor's prototype object to affect properties and methods inherited by JavaScript Date instances

You can make use of the Date prototype object to create a new method which will return today's date and time. These new methods or properties will be inherited by all instances of the Date object thus making it especially useful if you need to re-use this functionality.

// For todays date;
Date.prototype.today = function () { 
    return ((this.getDate() < 10)?"0":"") + this.getDate() +"/"+(((this.getMonth()+1) < 10)?"0":"") + (this.getMonth()+1) +"/"+ this.getFullYear();
}

// For the time now
Date.prototype.timeNow = function () {
     return ((this.getHours() < 10)?"0":"") + this.getHours() +":"+ ((this.getMinutes() < 10)?"0":"") + this.getMinutes() +":"+ ((this.getSeconds() < 10)?"0":"") + this.getSeconds();
}

You can then simply retrieve the date and time by doing the following:

var newDate = new Date();
var datetime = "LastSync: " + newDate.today() + " @ " + newDate.timeNow();

Or call the method inline so it would simply be -

var datetime = "LastSync: " + new Date().today() + " @ " + new Date().timeNow();
2019/09/04
595
9/4/2019 7:51:47 AM


For this true mysql style use this function below: 2019/02/28 15:33:12

  • If you click the 'Run code snippet' button below
  • It will show your an simple realtime digital clock example
  • The demo will appear below the code snippet.

function getDateTime() {
        var now     = new Date(); 
        var year    = now.getFullYear();
        var month   = now.getMonth()+1; 
        var day     = now.getDate();
        var hour    = now.getHours();
        var minute  = now.getMinutes();
        var second  = now.getSeconds(); 
        if(month.toString().length == 1) {
             month = '0'+month;
        }
        if(day.toString().length == 1) {
             day = '0'+day;
        }   
        if(hour.toString().length == 1) {
             hour = '0'+hour;
        }
        if(minute.toString().length == 1) {
             minute = '0'+minute;
        }
        if(second.toString().length == 1) {
             second = '0'+second;
        }   
        var dateTime = year+'/'+month+'/'+day+' '+hour+':'+minute+':'+second;   
         return dateTime;
    }

    // example usage: realtime clock
    setInterval(function(){
        currentTime = getDateTime();
        document.getElementById("digital-clock").innerHTML = currentTime;
    }, 1000);
<div id="digital-clock"></div>

2019/02/28

Just use:

var d = new Date();
document.write(d.toLocaleString());
document.write("<br>");
2015/01/31

var currentdate = new Date();

    var datetime = "Last Sync: " + currentdate.getDate() + "/"+(currentdate.getMonth()+1) 
    + "/" + currentdate.getFullYear() + " @ " 
    + currentdate.getHours() + ":" 
    + currentdate.getMinutes() + ":" + currentdate.getSeconds();

Change .getDay() method to .GetDate() and add one to month, because it counts months from 0.

2012/04/18

This should do the trick:

function dateToString(date) {
    var month = date.getMonth() + 1;
    var day = date.getDate();
    var dateOfString = (("" + day).length < 2 ? "0" : "") + day + "/";
    dateOfString += (("" + month).length < 2 ? "0" : "") + month + "/";
    dateOfString += date.getFullYear();
    return dateOfString;
}

var currentdate = new Date();
var datetime = "Last Sync: ";
datetime += dateToString(currentdate );
datetime += + currentdate.getHours() + ":"
            + currentdate.getMinutes() + ":"
            + currentdate.getSeconds();
2012/04/18

getDay() gets the day of the week. 3 is Wednesday. You want getDate(), that will return 18.

Also getMonth() starts at 0, you need to add 1 to get 4 (April).

DEMO: http://jsfiddle.net/4zVxp/

2012/04/18