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getTimezoneOffset()  Date   instance method


Returns the locale specific time zone offset from UTC in minutes.

  • Times behind UTC will return a positive value.
  • Times ahead UTC will return a negative value.


Signature Description
aDate.getTimezoneOffset()Returns the locale specific second of the minute (0-59) for the specified date.




The code below shows an example of the getTimezoneOffset() method of Date.

// Create a Date instance for the current date and time.
var todaysDate = new Date();

// Get timezone offset for locale compared to UTC.
alert(todaysDate.getTimezoneOffset() + ' = your timezone offset in minutes');

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