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How to get the month name from a JavaScript date

Published Oct 11 2019

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Given a JavaScript Date object instance, how can you get a string that represents the month name?

In other words, from

const today = new Date()

how can we get the month name?

Every Date object instance has a toLocaleString() method, which is one of the JavaScript internationalization methods.

Using it you can get the month name in your current locale, and here’s how you can use it:

const today = new Date()
today.toLocaleString('default', { month: 'long' })

Depending on your current locale you’ll get a different result. I get “October” as a result.

Using the short format for the date, I get “Oct”:

today.toLocaleString('default', { month: 'short' })

The first parameter, to which we pass the default string, is the locale. You can pass any locale you want, for example it-IT will return you ottobre:

const today = new Date()
today.toLocaleString('it-IT', { month: 'long' })

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