The Document.lastModified property returns a string containing the date and time on which the current document was last modified.

Syntax

var string = document.lastModified;

Examples

Simple usage

This example alerts the value of lastModified.

alert(document.lastModified);
// returns: Tuesday, December 16, 2017 11:09:42

Transforming lastModified into a Date object

This example transform lastModified into a Date object.

let oLastModif = new Date(document.lastModified);

Transforming lastModified into milliseconds

This example transforms lastModified into the number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00, local time.

let nLastModif = Date.parse(document.lastModified);

Notes

Note that as a string, lastModified cannot easily be used for comparisons between the modified dates of documents. Here is a possible example of how to show an alert message when the page changes (see also: JavaScript cookies API):

if (Date.parse(document.lastModified) > parseFloat(document.cookie.replace(/(?:(?:^|.*;)\s*last_modif\s*\=\s*([^;]*).*$)|^.*$/, "$1") || "0")) {
  document.cookie = "last_modif=" + Date.now() + "; expires=Fri, 31 Dec 9999 23:59:59 GMT; path=" + location.pathname;
  alert("This page has changed!");
}

…the same example, but skipping the first visit:

var
  nLastVisit = parseFloat(document.cookie.replace(/(?:(?:^|.*;)\s*last_modif\s*\=\s*([^;]*).*$)|^.*$/, "$1")),
  nLastModif = Date.parse(document.lastModified);

if (isNaN(nLastVisit) || nLastModif > nLastVisit) {
  document.cookie = "last_modif=" + Date.now() + "; expires=Fri, 31 Dec 9999 23:59:59 GMT; path=" + location.pathname;

  if (isFinite(nLastVisit)) {
    alert("This page has been changed!");
  }
}
Note: WebKit returns the time string in UTC; Gecko and Internet Explorer return a time in the local timezone.
(See: Bug 4363 – document.lastModified returns date in UTC time, but should return it in local time)

If you want to know whether an external page has changed, please read this paragraph about the XMLHttpRequest() API.

Specification

HTML5

Browser compatibility

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Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge ? Firefox Full support YesIE ? Opera ? Safari ? WebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile ? Firefox Android Full support YesOpera Android ? Safari iOS ? Samsung Internet Android ?

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