Mark Needham

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Javascript: Add a month to a date

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We’ve been doing a bit of date manipulation in Javascript on my current project and one of the things that we wanted to do is add 1 month to a given date.

We can kind of achieve this using the standard date libraries but it doesn’t work for edge cases.

For example, say we want to add one month to January 31st 2009. We would expect one month from this date to be February 28th 2009:

var jan312009 = new Date(2009, 1-1, 31);
var oneMonthFromJan312009 = new Date(new Date(jan312009).setMonth(jan312009.getMonth()+1));

The output of these two variables is:

Sat Jan 31 2009 00:00:00 GMT+1100 (EST)
Tue Mar 03 2009 00:00:00 GMT+1100 (EST)

Not quite what we want!

Luckily there is a library called datejs which has taken care of this problem for us. It provides a really nice DSL which makes it very easy for us to do what we want.

We can add a month to a date very easily now:

var jan312009 = new Date(2009, 1-1, 31);
var oneMonthFromJan312009 = new Date(jan312009).add(1).month();
Sat Jan 31 2009 00:00:00 GMT+1100 (EST)
Sat Feb 28 2009 00:00:00 GMT+1100 (EST)

There are loads of other useful date manipulation functions which you can read more about on the API, just don’t forget that date in Javascript is mutable so any manipulation done to dates contained in vars will change the original value.

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Written by Mark Needham

January 7th, 2009 at 11:00 pm

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  • cgp

    Thanks! I knew it had to be simpler than I was making it.

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  • Hung Bui

    Brilliant. Many thanks ;D

  • Andres

    Thanks!! This is very useful. I Though i had to code this mess, but you solved my problem!