Vanilla JavaScript get Month Name

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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 permalink

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

var 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

var 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:

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

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 permalink

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 permalink

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

Date toLocalString browser support

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