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

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Return value

A string representing the time portion of the given date in human-readable form in English.


Date instances refer to a specific point in time. toTimeString() interprets the date in the local timezone and formats the time part in English. It always uses the format of hh:mm:ss GMT±xxxx (TZ), where:

Format String Description
hh Hour, as two digits with leading zero if required
mm Minute, as two digits with leading zero if required
ss Seconds, as two digits with leading zero if required
±xxxx The local timezone's offset — two digits for hours and two digits for minutes (e.g. -0500, +0800)
TZ The timezone's name (e.g. PDT, PST)

For example: "04:42:04 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)".

  • If you want to get the date part, use toDateString().
  • 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 toLocaleTimeString().


A basic usage of toTimeString()

const d = new Date(1993, 6, 28, 14, 39, 7);

console.log(d.toString()); // Wed Jul 28 1993 14:39:07 GMT-0600 (PDT)
console.log(d.toTimeString()); // 14:39:07 GMT-0600 (PDT)


ECMAScript Language Specification
# sec-date.prototype.totimestring

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