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The toDateString() method returns the date portion of a Date object in human readable form in American English.




Date instances refer to a specific point in time. Calling toString will return the date formatted in a human readable form in American English. In SpiderMonkey, this consists of the date portion (day, month, and year) followed by the time portion (hours, minutes, seconds, and time zone). Sometimes it is desirable to obtain a string of the date portion; such a thing can be accomplished with the toDateString method.

The toDateString method is especially useful because compliant engines implementing ECMA-262 may differ in the string obtained from toString for Date objects, as the format is implementation-dependent and simple string slicing approaches may not produce consistent results across multiple engines.


Example: A basic usage of toDateString

var d = new Date(1993, 6, 28, 14, 39, 7);

println(d.toString());     // prints Wed Jul 28 1993 14:39:07 GMT-0600 (PDT)
println(d.toDateString()); // prints Wed Jul 28 1993


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 3rd Edition. Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toDateString' in that specification.
ECMAScript 6 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toDateString' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes) (Yes)

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