Comparing date part only without comparing time in JavaScript

Comparing date part only without comparing time in JavaScript

What is wrong with the code below?
Maybe it would be simpler to just compare date and not time. I am not sure how to do this either, and I searched, but I couldn’t find my exact problem.
BTW, when I display the two dates in an alert, they show as exactly the same.
My code:
window.addEvent(‘domready’, function() {
var now = new Date();
var input = $(‘datum’).getValue();
var dateArray = input.split(‘/’);
var userMonth = parseInt(dateArray[1])-1;
var userDate = new Date();
userDate.setFullYear(dateArray[2], userMonth, dateArray[0], now.getHours(), now.getMinutes(), now.getSeconds(), now.getMilliseconds());

if (userDate > now)
alert(now + ‘\n’ + userDate);

Is there a simpler way to compare dates and not including the time?


Solution 1:

I’m still learning JavaScript, and the only way that I’ve found which works for me to compare two dates without the time is to use the setHours method of the Date object and set the hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds to zero. Then compare the two dates.

For example,

date1 = new Date()
date2 = new Date(2011,8,20)

date2 will be set with hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds to zero, but date1 will have them set to the time that date1 was created. To get rid of the hours, minutes, seconds and milliseconds on date1 do the following:


Now you can compare the two dates as DATES only without worrying about time elements.

Solution 2:


Using the date object to represent just-a-date straight away gets you into a huge excess precision problem. You need to manage time and timezone to keep them out, and they can sneak back in at any step. The accepted answer to this question falls into the trap.

A javascript date has no notion of timezone. It’s a moment in time (ticks since the epoch) with handy (static) functions for translating to and from strings, using by default the “local” timezone of the device, or, if specified, UTC or another timezone. To represent a date with a date object, you want your dates to represent UTC midnight at the start of the date in question. This is a common and necessary convention that lets you work with dates regardless of the season or timezone of their creation. So you need to be very vigilant to manage the notion of timezone, both when you create your midnight UTC Date object, and when you serialize it.

Lots of folks are confused by the default behaviour of the console. If you spray a date to the console, the output you see will include your timezone. This is just because the console calls toString() on your date, and toString() gives you a local represenation. The underlying date has no timezone! (So long as the time matches the timezone offset, you still have a midnight UTC date object)

Deserializing (or creating midnight UTC Date objects)

Most of the time, you will want your date to reflect the timezone of the user. Click if today is your birthday. Users in NZ and US click at the same time and get different dates. In that case, do this…

// create a date (utc midnight) reflecting the value of myDate and the environment's timezone offset.
new Date(Date.UTC(myDate.getFullYear(),myDate.getMonth(), myDate.getDate()));

Sometimes, international comparability trumps local accuracy. In that case, do this…

// the date in London of a moment in time. Device timezone is ignored.
new Date(Date.UTC(myDate.getUTCFullYear(), myDate.getUTCMonth(), myDate.getUTCDate()));

Deserialize a date

Often dates on the wire will be in the format YYYY-MM-DD. To deserialize them, do this…

var midnightUTCDate = new Date( dateString + 'T00:00:00Z');


Having taken care to manage timezone when you create, you now need to be sure to keep timezone out when you convert back to a string representation. So you can safely use…

  • toISOString()
  • getUTCxxx()
  • getTime() //returns a number with no time or timezone.
  • .toLocaleDateString("fr",{timezone:"UTC"}) // whatever locale you want, but ALWAYS UTC.

And totally avoid everything else, especially…

  • getYear(),getMonth(),getDate()

So to answer your question, 7 years too late…

<input type="date" onchange="isInPast(event)">
var isInPast = function(event){
  var userEntered = new Date(; // valueAsNumber has no time or timezone!
  var now = new Date();
  var today = new Date(Date.UTC(now.getUTCFullYear(), now.getUTCMonth(), now.getUTCDate() ));
  if(userEntered.getTime() < today.getTime())
    alert("date is past");
  else if(userEntered.getTime() == today.getTime())
    alert("date is today");
    alert("date is future");


See it running…

Solution 3:

How about this?

Date.prototype.withoutTime = function () {
    var d = new Date(this);
    d.setHours(0, 0, 0, 0);
    return d;

It allows you to compare the date part of the date like this without affecting the value of your variable:

var date1 = new Date(2014,1,1);
new Date().withoutTime() > date1.withoutTime(); // true

Solution 4:

Using Moment.js

If you have the option of including a third-party library, it’s definitely worth taking a look at Moment.js. It makes working with Date and DateTime much, much easier.

For example, seeing if one Date comes after another Date but excluding their times, you would do something like this:

var date1 = new Date(2016,9,20,12,0,0); // October 20, 2016 12:00:00
var date2 = new Date(2016,9,20,12,1,0); // October 20, 2016 12:01:00

// Comparison including time.
moment(date2).isAfter(date1); // => true

// Comparison excluding time.
moment(date2).isAfter(date1, 'day'); // => false

The second parameter you pass into isAfter is the precision to do the comparison and can be any of year, month, week, day, hour, minute or second.

Solution 5:

Simply compare using .toDateString like below:

new Date().toDateString();

This will return you date part only and not time or timezone, like this:

“Fri Feb 03 2017”

Hence both date can be compared in this format likewise without time part of it.

Solution 6:

This might be a little cleaner version, also note that you should always use a radix when using parseInt.

window.addEvent('domready', function() {
    // Create a Date object set to midnight on today's date
    var today = new Date((new Date()).setHours(0, 0, 0, 0)),
    input = $('datum').getValue(),
    dateArray = input.split('/'),
    // Always specify a radix with parseInt(), setting the radix to 10 ensures that
    // the number is interpreted as a decimal.  It is particularly important with
    // dates, if the user had entered '09' for the month and you don't use a
    // radix '09' is interpreted as an octal number and parseInt would return 0, not 9!
    userMonth = parseInt(dateArray[1], 10) - 1,
    // Create a Date object set to midnight on the day the user specified
    userDate = new Date(dateArray[2], userMonth, dateArray[0], 0, 0, 0, 0);

    // Convert date objects to milliseconds and compare
    if(userDate.getTime() > today.getTime())

Checkout the MDC parseInt page for more information about the radix.

JSLint is a great tool for catching things like a missing radix and many other things that can cause obscure and hard to debug errors. It forces you to use better coding standards so you avoid future headaches. I use it on every JavaScript project I code.