The toDateString() method returns the date portion of a Date object interpreted in the local timezone in English.

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Return value

A string representing the date portion of the given Date object in human readable form in English.


Date instances refer to a specific point in time. toDateString() interprets the date in the local timezone and formats the date part in English. It always uses the following format, separated by spaces:

  1. First three letters of the week day name
  2. First three letters of the month name
  3. Two-digit day of the month, padded on the left a zero if necessary
  4. Four-digit year (at least), padded on the left with zeros if necessary. May have a negative sign

For example: "Thu Jan 01 1970".

  • If you want to get the time part, use toTimeString().
  • If you want to get both the date and time, use toString().
  • If you want to make the date interpreted as UTC instead of local timezone, use toUTCString().
  • If you want to format the date in a more user-friendly format (e.g. localization), use toLocaleDateString().


A basic usage of toDateString()

const d = new Date(1993, 5, 28, 14, 39, 7);

console.log(d.toString());     // logs Mon Jun 28 1993 14:39:07 GMT-0600 (PDT)
console.log(d.toDateString()); // logs Mon Jun 28 1993

Note: Month are 0-indexed when used as an argument of Date (thus 0 corresponds to January and 11 to December).


ECMAScript Language Specification
# sec-date.prototype.todatestring

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