The setTime() method sets the Date object to the time represented by a number of milliseconds since January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 UTC.

Syntax

dateObj.setTime(timeValue)

Parameters

timeValue
An integer representing the number of milliseconds since 1 January 1970, 00:00:00 UTC.

Return value

The number of milliseconds between 1 January 1970 00:00:00 UTC and the updated date (effectively, the value of the argument).

Description

Use the setTime() method to help assign a date and time to another Date object.

Examples

Using setTime()

var theBigDay = new Date('July 1, 1999');
var sameAsBigDay = new Date();
sameAsBigDay.setTime(theBigDay.getTime());

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.setTime' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.setTime' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.setTime' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

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Basic supportChrome Full support YesEdge Full support YesFirefox Full support 1IE Full support YesOpera Full support YesSafari Full support YesWebView Android Full support YesChrome Android Full support YesEdge Mobile Full support YesFirefox Android Full support 4Opera Android Full support YesSafari iOS Full support YesSamsung Internet Android Full support Yesnodejs Full support Yes

Legend

Full support  
Full support

See also

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