The [@@toPrimitive]() method converts a Date object to a primitive value.



Return value

The primitive value of the given Date object. Depending on the argument, the method can return either a string or a number.


The [@@toPrimitive]() method of the Date object returns a primitive value, that is either of type number or of type string.

If hint is "string" or "default", [@@toPrimitive]() tries to call the toString method. If the toString property does not exist, it tries to call the valueOf method and if the valueOf does not exist either, [@@toPrimitive]() throws a TypeError.

If hint is "number", [@@toPrimitive]() first tries to call valueOf, and if that fails, it calls toString.

JavaScript calls the [@@toPrimitive]() method to convert an object to a primitive value. You rarely need to invoke the [@@toPrimitive]() method yourself; JavaScript automatically invokes it when encountering an object where a primitive value is expected.


Specification Status Comment
ECMAScript 2015 (6th Edition, ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.@@toPrimitive' in that specification.
Standard Initial definition.
ECMAScript 2017 Draft (ECMA-262)
The definition of 'Date.prototype.@@toPrimitive' in that specification.

Browser compatibility

Feature Chrome Firefox (Gecko) Internet Explorer Opera Safari
Basic support ? 44.0 (44.0) ? ? ?
Feature Android Chrome for Android Firefox Mobile (Gecko) IE Mobile Opera Mobile Safari Mobile
Basic support ? ? 44.0 (44.0) ? ? ?

See also


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