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Learn in this guide how to get a localized month name from a date object in JavaScript. See the code examples in the Codepen!

22 May, 2020 · 2 min read

Sticking to the date theme, as we have seen how to get the days between two dates yesterday. Today we are going to learn how we can get a month's name in JavaScript.

How to get the month name in Javascript

So let's start off by creating a date object:

const date = new Date();
// Todays date

We can use the JavaScript function toLocaleString to get a months name.

console.log(date.toLocaleString('default', { month: 'long' }));
// May

Instead of the long option we can also use the short option and get the month name like for instance Dec

const december = new Date('12/01/2020');
console.log(december.toLocaleString('default', { month: 'short' }));
// Dec

And as you have seen we are providing the default keyword. This is the placeholder for the locale.

So let's get a months name in a different locale with this code:

const december = new Date('12/01/2020');
console.log(december.toLocaleString('fr-FR', { month: 'long' }));
// décembre

As you can see, now we got the months name from the date object for a different country/language.

See the code examples in this Codepen

I hope you found this a useful tip and feel free to check out the Codepen.

See the Pen Vanilla JavaScript get Month Name by Chris Bongers (@rebelchris) on CodePen.

Browser Support

The toLocaleString method is a widely supported method. Feel free to use it.

Date toLocalString browser support

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