toString() method returns a string representing the specified
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A string representing the given date.
Date instances inherit their
toString() method from
Date.prototype.toString() returns a string representation of the Date in the format specified in ECMA-262 which can be summarised as:
- Week day: 3 letter English week day name, e.g. "Sat"
- Month name: 3 letter English month name, e.g. "Sep"
- Date: 2 digit day in month, e.g. "01"
- Year: 4 digit year, e.g. "2018"
- Hour: 2 digit hour of day, e.g. "14"
- Minute: 2 digit minute of hour, e.g. "53"
- Second: 2 digit second of minute, e.g. "26"
- The string "GMT"
- Timezone offset sign, either:
- "+" for positive offsets (0 or greater)
- "-" for negative offsets (less than zero)
- Two digit hour offset, e.g. "14"
- Two digit minute offset, e.g. "00"
- Optionally, a timezone name consisting of:
- Left bracket, i.e. "("
- An implementation dependent string representation of the timezone, which might be an abbreviation or full name (there is no standard for names or abbreviations of timezones), e.g. "Line Islands Time" or "LINT"
- Right bracket, i.e. ")"
E.g. "Sat Sep 01 2018 14:53:26 GMT+1400 (LINT)"
Until ECMAScript 2018 (edition 9), the format of the string returned by
Date.prototype.toString was implementation dependent. Therefore it should not be relied upon to be in the specified format.
toString() method is automatically called when a date is to be represented as a text value, e.g.
console.log(new Date()), or when a date is used in a string concatenation, such as
var today = 'Today is ' + new Date().
toString() is a generic method, it does not require that its
this is a
Date instance. However, it must have an internal
Date instances. If called on a non–Date instance, a
TypeError is thrown.
The following assigns the
toString() value of a
Date object to
var x = new Date(); var myVar = x.toString(); // assigns a string value to myVar in the same format as: // Mon Sep 08 1998 14:36:22 GMT-0700 (PDT)
|ECMAScript Latest Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.toString' in that specification.
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|Chrome Full support 1||Edge Full support 12||Firefox Full support 1||IE Full support 3||Opera Full support Yes||Safari Full support 1||WebView Android Full support 1||Chrome Android Full support 18||Firefox Android Full support 4||Opera Android Full support Yes||Safari iOS Full support 1||Samsung Internet Android Full support 1.0||nodejs Full support Yes|
- Full support
- Full support