How do I get the time of day in javascript/Node.js?


Question

I want to get 1 to 24, 1 being 1am Pacific Time.

How can I get that number in Node.JS?

I want to know what time it is in Pacific time right now.

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9/9/2011 6:05:10 AM

Accepted Answer

You should checkout the Date object.

In particular, you can look at the getHours() method for the Date object.

getHours() return the time from 0 - 23, so make sure to deal with it accordingly. I think 0-23 is a bit more intuitive since military time runs from 0 - 23, but it's up to you.

With that in mind, the code would be something along the lines of:

var date = new Date();
var current_hour = date.getHours();
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9/9/2011 6:37:33 AM

This function will return you the date and time in the following format: YYYY:MM:DD:HH:MM:SS. It also works in Node.js.

function getDateTime() {

    var date = new Date();

    var hour = date.getHours();
    hour = (hour < 10 ? "0" : "") + hour;

    var min  = date.getMinutes();
    min = (min < 10 ? "0" : "") + min;

    var sec  = date.getSeconds();
    sec = (sec < 10 ? "0" : "") + sec;

    var year = date.getFullYear();

    var month = date.getMonth() + 1;
    month = (month < 10 ? "0" : "") + month;

    var day  = date.getDate();
    day = (day < 10 ? "0" : "") + day;

    return year + ":" + month + ":" + day + ":" + hour + ":" + min + ":" + sec;

}

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