Deprecated
This feature has been removed from the Web standards. Though some browsers may still support it, it is in the process of being dropped. Avoid using it and update existing code if possible; see the compatibility table at the bottom of this page to guide your decision. Be aware that this feature may cease to work at any time.

The toGMTString() method converts a date to a string, using Internet Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) conventions. The exact format of the value returned by toGMTString() varies according to the platform and browser, in general it should represent a human readable date string.

Note: toGMTString() is deprecated and should no longer be used. It remains implemented only for backward compatibility; please use toUTCString() instead.

Syntax

dateObj.toGMTString()

Return value

A string representing the given date following the Internet Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) convention.

Examples

Simple example

In this example, the toGMTString() method converts the date to GMT (UTC) using the operating system's time-zone offset and returns a string value that is similar to the following form. The exact format depends on the platform.

var today = new Date();
var str = today.toGMTString();  // deprecated! use toUTCString()

console.log(str);               // Mon, 18 Dec 1995 17:28:35 GMT

Specifications

Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition, but already declared as deprecated. Implemented in JavaScript 1.0.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toGMTString' in that specification.
Standard Defined in the (informative) compatibility annex.
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toGMTString' in that specification.
Standard Defined in the (normative) annex for additional features for web browsers.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toGMTString' in that specification.
Draft Defined in the (normative) annex for additional features for web browsers.

Browser compatibility

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DesktopMobileServer
ChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafariAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge MobileFirefox for AndroidOpera for AndroidiOS SafariSamsung InternetNode.js
Basic support
Deprecated
Chrome 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
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.
Deprecated. Not for use in new websites.

See also

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