How to add months to a date in JavaScript

To add months to date in JavaScript:

  1. Use the getMonth() method to get a zero-based value for the months of the given date.
  2. Use the setMonth() method by passing the result returned by getMonth() plus the number of months you want to add.
  3. The setMonth() method sets the value on the given date.

Here is an example that adds 2 months to the current date in JavaScript:

const date = new Date()
date.setMonth(date.getMonth() + 2)

// Thu Nov 10 2022 23:02:54 GMT+0500 (Pakistan Standard Time)

The getMonth() method returns a number between 0 (January) and 11 (December), presenting the number of months of the given date.

The setMonth() method takes a zero-based integer representing the month of the year and sets the value on the date.

The above methods also take care of the situation where adding a specific number of months to date results in the next day, month, or year:

const date = new Date('2022-09-10T23:33:45.900Z')
date.setMonth(date.getMonth() + 6)

// Fri, 10 Mar 2023 23:33:45 GMT

If you frequently need to add months to date, create a reusable function that takes the number of months as a parameter and adds them to the current date, as shown below:

Date.prototype.addMonths = function (months) {
  const date = new Date(this.valueOf())
  date.setMonth(date.getMonth() + months)
  return date

const date = new Date('2022-09-10T16:23:45.900Z')

// Add 3 months
const result = date.addMonths(3)

// Sat, 10 Dec 2022 16:23:45 GMT

In the above example, we added a function called addMonths() to the Date object prototype. This function will be available to all instances of Date for adding months to date.

✌️ Like this article? Follow me on Twitter and LinkedIn. You can also subscribe to RSS Feed.

You might also like...

Digital Ocean

The simplest cloud platform for developers & teams. Start with a $200 free credit.

Buy me a coffee ☕

If you enjoy reading my articles and want to help me out paying bills, please consider buying me a coffee ($5) or two ($10). I will be highly grateful to you ✌️

Enter the number of coffees below:

✨ Learn to build modern web applications using JavaScript and Spring Boot

I started this blog as a place to share everything I have learned in the last decade. I write about modern JavaScript, Node.js, Spring Boot, core Java, RESTful APIs, and all things web development.

The newsletter is sent every week and includes early access to clear, concise, and easy-to-follow tutorials, and other stuff I think you'd enjoy! No spam ever, unsubscribe at any time.