The setDate() method changes the day of the month of a given Date instance, based on local time.

To instead change the day of the month for a given Date instance based on UTC time, use the setUTCDate() method.

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An integer representing the day of the month.

Return value

The number of milliseconds between 1 January 1970 00:00:00 UTC and the given date (the Date object is also changed in place).


If the dayValue is outside of the range of date values for the month, setDate() will update the Date object accordingly.

For example, if 0 is provided for dayValue, the date will be set to the last day of the previous month.

If a negative number is provided for dayValue, the date will be set counting backwards from the last day of the previous month. -1 would result in the date being set to 1 day before the last day of the previous month.


Using setDate()

const theBigDay  = new Date(1962, 6, 7, 12); // noon of 1962-07-07 (7th of July 1962,  month is 0-indexed)
const theBigDay2 = new Date(theBigDay).setDate(24);  // 1962-07-24 (24th of July 1962)
const theBigDay3 = new Date(theBigDay).setDate(32);  // 1962-08-01 (1st of August 1962)
const theBigDay4 = new Date(theBigDay).setDate(22);  // 1962-07-22 (22nd of July 1962)
const theBigDay5 = new Date(theBigDay).setDate(0);   // 1962-06-30 (30th of June 1962)
const theBigDay6 = new Date(theBigDay).setDate(98);  // 1962-10-06 (6th of October 1962)
const theBigDay7 = new Date(theBigDay).setDate(-50); // 1962-05-11 (11th of May 1962)


ECMAScript Language Specification
# sec-date.prototype.setdate

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