How to get current date and time in UTC using JavaScript

In JavaScript, the toUTCString() method can be used to get the current date and time in UTC. This method converts a Date object to a string using the UTC time zone.

const date = new Date()

const utcStr = date.toUTCString()

// Mon, 12 Sep 2022 18:15:18 GMT

The toUTCString() method returns a date object as a string using the UTC time zone.

Alternatively, you could also use the toISOString() method to get the date string in ISO 8601 format of YYYY-MM-DDTHH:mm:ss.sssZ:

const isoStr = new Date().toISOString()

// 2022-09-12T18:21:00.496Z

The toISOString() method returns a string representing the date in the ISO 8601 format, according to the universal time zone.

The Date object provides several other methods that can be used to get individual date and time components according to UTC time zone:

const date = new Date()

// UTC day of the month (1-31)
console.log(date.getUTCDate()) // 11

// UTC month (0-11)
console.log(date.getUTCMonth()) // 8 (September)

// UTC year of the date
console.log(date.getUTCFullYear()) // 2022

// UTC hour of the date
console.log(date.getUTCHours()) // 18

// UTC minutes of the date
console.log(date.getUTCMinutes()) // 32

// UTC seconds of the date
console.log(date.getUTCSeconds()) // 45

// UTC milliseconds of the date
console.log(date.getUTCMilliseconds()) // 897

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