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The toString() method returns a string representing the specified Date object.

Syntax

dateObj.toString()

Return value

A string representing the given date.

Description

The Date object overrides the toString() method of the Object object; it does not inherit Object.prototype.toString(). For Date objects, the toString() method returns a string representation of the object.

The toString() method always returns a string representation of the date in American English.

JavaScript calls the toString() method automatically when a date is to be represented as a text value or when a date is referred to in a string concatenation.

toString() is a generic method. If this is not a Date instance, it returns "Invalid Date".

Examples

Using toString()

The following assigns the toString() value of a Date object to myVar:

var x = new Date();
myVar = x.toString(); // assigns a value to myVar similar to:
// Mon Sep 28 1998 14:36:22 GMT-0700 (PDT)

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.toLocaleTimeString' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toString' in that specification.
Standard  
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toString' in that specification.
Draft  

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ?

See also

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