This is an experimental technology
Check the Browser compatibility table carefully before using this in production.

This feature is non-standard and is not on a standards track. Do not use it on production sites facing the Web: it will not work for every user. There may also be large incompatibilities between implementations and the behavior may change in the future.

The read-only modificationTime property of the Metadata interface is a Date object which specifies the date and time the file system entry (or the data referenced by the entry) was last modified.A file system entry is considered to have been modified if the metadata or the contents of the referenced file (or directory, or whatever other kind of file system entry might exist on the platform in use) has changed.


var modificationTime = Metadata.modificationTime;


A Date timestamp indicating when the file system entry was last changed.


This example tries to get a particular working file at tmp/workfile.json. Once that file has been found, its metadata is obtained and the file's modification timestamp year is compared to the current year. If it was last modified in a year at least five prior to the current year, the file is removed and a new one is created.

workingDirectory.getFile("tmp/workfile.json", { create: true }, function(fileEntry) {
  fileEntry.getMetadata(function(metadata) {
    if ((new Date().getFullYear() - metadata.modificationTime.getFullYear()) >= 5) {
      fileEntry.remove(function() {
        workingDirectory.getFile("tmp/workfile.json", { create: true }, function(newEntry) {
          fileEntry = newEntry;
}, handleError); 


Specification Status Comment
File and Directory Entries API
The definition of 'modificationTime' in that specification.
Draft Initial specification.

This API has no official W3C or WHATWG specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support13 ? No No No No
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support No Yes ? No No No ?

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