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The toUTCString() method converts a date to a string, using the UTC time zone.



Return value

A string representing the given date using the UTC time zone.


The value returned by toUTCString() is a human readable string in the UTC time zone. The format of the return value may vary according to the platform. The most common return value is a RFC-1123 formatted date stamp, which is a slightly updated version of RFC-822 date stamps.


Using toUTCString()

var today = new Date('Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 PDT');
var UTCstring = today.toUTCString(); // Wed, 14 Jun 2017 07:00:00 GMT


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 1st Edition (ECMA-262) Standard Initial definition. Implemented in JavaScript 1.3.
ECMAScript 5.1 (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toUTCString' in that specification.
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toUTCString' in that specification.
ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toUTCString' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

FeatureChromeEdgeFirefoxInternet ExplorerOperaSafari
Basic support Yes Yes1 Yes Yes Yes
FeatureAndroid webviewChrome for AndroidEdge mobileFirefox for AndroidOpera AndroidiOS SafariSamsung Internet
Basic support Yes Yes Yes4 Yes Yes ?

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