Intl.DateTimeFormat() constructor

The Intl.DateTimeFormat() constructor creates Intl.DateTimeFormat objects that enable language-sensitive date and time formatting.


new Intl.DateTimeFormat()
new Intl.DateTimeFormat(locales)
new Intl.DateTimeFormat(locales, options)


locales Optional

A string with a BCP 47 language tag, or an array of such strings. To use the browser's default locale, pass an empty array. Unicode extension are supported (for example "en-US-u-ca-buddhist"). For the general form and interpretation of the locales argument, see the Intl page. The following Unicode extension keys are allowed:


Numbering system. Possible values include: "arab", "arabext", "bali", "beng", "deva", "fullwide", "gujr", "guru", "hanidec", "khmr", "knda", "laoo", "latn", "limb", "mlym", "mong", "mymr", "orya", "tamldec", "telu", "thai", "tibt".


Calendar. Possible values include: "buddhist", "chinese", "coptic", "ethiopia", "ethiopic", "gregory", "hebrew", "indian", "islamic", "iso8601", "japanese", "persian", "roc".


Hour cycle. Possible values include: "h11", "h12", "h23", "h24".

options Optional

An object with some or all of the following properties:


The date formatting style to use when calling format(). Possible values include:

  • "full"
  • "long"
  • "medium"
  • "short"

Note: dateStyle can be used with timeStyle, but not with other options (e.g. weekday, hour, month, etc.).


The time formatting style to use when calling format(). Possible values include:

  • "full"
  • "long"
  • "medium"
  • "short"

Note: timeStyle can be used with dateStyle, but not with other options (e.g. weekday, hour, month, etc.).


Calendar. Possible values include: "buddhist", "chinese", " coptic", "ethiopia", "ethiopic", "gregory", " hebrew", "indian", "islamic", "iso8601", " japanese", "persian", "roc".


The formatting style used for day periods like "in the morning", "am", "noon", "n" etc. Possible values include: "narrow", "short", " long".


  • This option only has an effect if a 12-hour clock is used.
  • Many locales use the same string irrespective of the width specified.

Numbering System. Possible values include: "arab", "arabext", " bali", "beng", "deva", "fullwide", " gujr", "guru", "hanidec", "khmr", " knda", "laoo", "latn", "limb", "mlym", " mong", "mymr", "orya", "tamldec", " telu", "thai", "tibt".


The locale matching algorithm to use. Possible values are "lookup" and "best fit"; the default is "best fit". For information about this option, see the Intl page.


The time zone to use. The only value implementations must recognize is "UTC"; the default is the runtime's default time zone. Implementations may also recognize the time zone names of the IANA time zone database, such as "Asia/Shanghai", "Asia/Kolkata", "America/New_York".


Whether to use 12-hour time (as opposed to 24-hour time). Possible values are true and false; the default is locale dependent. This option overrides the hc language tag and/or the hourCycle option in case both are present.


The hour cycle to use. Possible values are "h11", "h12", "h23", or "h24". This option overrides the hc language tag, if both are present, and the hour12 option takes precedence in case both options have been specified.


The format matching algorithm to use. Possible values are "basic" and "best fit"; the default is "best fit". See the following paragraphs for information about the use of this property.

The following properties describe the date-time components to use in formatted output, and their desired representations. Implementations are required to support at least the following subsets:

  • weekday, year, month, day, hour, minute, second
  • weekday, year, month, day
  • year, month, day
  • year, month
  • month, day
  • hour, minute, second
  • hour, minute

Implementations may support other subsets, and requests will be negotiated against all available subset-representation combinations to find the best match. Two algorithms are available for this negotiation and selected by the formatMatcher property: A fully specified "basic" algorithm and an implementation-dependent "best fit" algorithm.


The representation of the weekday. Possible values are:

  • "long" (e.g., Thursday)
  • "short" (e.g., Thu)
  • "narrow" (e.g., T). Two weekdays may have the same narrow style for some locales (e.g. Tuesday's narrow style is also T).

The representation of the era. Possible values are:

  • "long" (e.g., Anno Domini)
  • "short" (e.g., AD)
  • "narrow" (e.g., A)

The representation of the year. Possible values are:

  • "numeric" (e.g., 2012)
  • "2-digit" (e.g., 12)

The representation of the month. Possible values are:

  • "numeric" (e.g., 3)
  • "2-digit" (e.g., 03)
  • "long" (e.g., March)
  • "short" (e.g., Mar)
  • "narrow" (e.g., M). Two months may have the same narrow style for some locales (e.g. May's narrow style is also M).

The representation of the day. Possible values are:

  • "numeric" (e.g., 1)
  • "2-digit" (e.g., 01)

The representation of the hour. Possible values are "numeric", "2-digit".


The representation of the minute. Possible values are "numeric", "2-digit".


The representation of the second. Possible values are "numeric", "2-digit".


The number of digits used to represent fractions of a second (any additional digits are truncated). Possible values are:

  • 0 (Fractional part dropped.)
  • 1 (Fractional part represented as 1 digit. For example, 736 is formatted as 7.)
  • 2 (Fractional part represented as 2 digits. For example, 736 is formatted as 73.)
  • 3 (Fractional part represented as 3 digits. For example, 736 is formatted as 736.)

The localized representation of the time zone name. Possible values are:

  • "long" Long localized form (e.g., Pacific Standard Time, Nordamerikanische Westküsten-Normalzeit)
  • "short" Short localized form (e.g.: PST, GMT-8)
  • "shortOffset" Short localized GMT format (e.g., GMT-8)
  • "longOffset" Long localized GMT format (e.g., GMT-0800)
  • "shortGeneric" Short generic non-location format (e.g.: PT, Los Angeles Zeit).
  • "longGeneric" Long generic non-location format (e.g.: Pacific Time, Nordamerikanische Westküstenzeit)

Note: Timezone display may fall back to another format if a required string is unavailable. For example, the non-location formats should display the timezone without a specific country/city location like "Pacific Time", but may fall back to a timezone like "Los Angeles Time".

The default value for each date-time component property is undefined, but if all component properties are undefined, then year, month, and day are assumed to be "numeric".


Using DateTimeFormat

In basic use without specifying a locale, DateTimeFormat uses the default locale and default options.

let date = new Date(Date.UTC(2012, 11, 20, 3, 0, 0));

// toLocaleString without arguments depends on the implementation,
// the default locale, and the default time zone
console.log(new Intl.DateTimeFormat().format(date));
// → "12/19/2012" if run with en-US locale (language) and time zone America/Los_Angeles (UTC-0800)

Using timeStyle and dateStyle

let o = new Intl.DateTimeFormat("en" , {
  timeStyle: "short"
console.log(o.format(; // "13:31 AM"

let o = new Intl.DateTimeFormat("en" , {
  dateStyle: "short"
console.log(o.format(; // "07/07/20"

let o = new Intl.DateTimeFormat("en" , {
  timeStyle: "medium",
  dateStyle: "short"
console.log(o.format(; // "07/07/20, 13:31:55 AM"

Using dayPeriod

Use the dayPeriod option to output a string for the times of day ("in the morning", "at night", "noon", etc.). Note, that this only works when formatting for a 12 hour clock (hourCycle: 'h12') and that for many locales the strings are the same irrespective of the value passed for the dayPeriod.

let date = Date.UTC(2012, 11, 17, 4, 0, 42);

console.log(new Intl.DateTimeFormat('en-GB', { hour: 'numeric', hourCycle: 'h12', 
dayPeriod: 'short', timeZone: 'UTC' }).format(date));
// > 4 at night"  (same formatting in en-GB for all dayPeriod values)

console.log(new Intl.DateTimeFormat('fr', { hour: 'numeric', hourCycle: 'h12',
    dayPeriod: 'narrow', timeZone: 'UTC' }).format(date));
// > "4 mat."  (same output in French for both narrow/short dayPeriod)

console.log(new Intl.DateTimeFormat('fr', { hour: 'numeric', hourCycle: 'h12', 
    dayPeriod: 'long', timeZone: 'UTC' }).format(date));
// > "4 du matin"

Using timeZoneName

Use the timeZoneName option to output a string for the timezone ("GMT", "Pacific Time", etc.).

var date = Date.UTC(2021, 11, 17, 3, 0, 42);
const timezoneNames = ['short', 'long', 'shortOffset', 'longOffset', 'shortGeneric', 'longGeneric']
for (const zoneName of timezoneNames) {
  // Do something with currentValue
  var formatter = new Intl.DateTimeFormat('en-US', {
    timeZone: 'America/Los_Angeles',
    timeZoneName: zoneName,
  console.log(zoneName + ": " + formatter.format(date) );
// expected output: 
// > "short: 12/16/2021, PST"
// > "long: 12/16/2021, Pacific Standard Time"
// > "shortOffset: 12/16/2021, GMT-8"
// > "longOffset: 12/16/2021, GMT-08:00"
// > "shortGeneric: 12/16/2021, PT"
// > "longGeneric: 12/16/2021, Pacific Time"


ECMAScript Internationalization API Specification (ECMAScript Internationalization API)
# sec-intl-datetimeformat-constructor

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