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How to Use the toLocaleTimeString Method to Return a Formatted Date and Time String Without Including the Seconds?

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Sometimes, we want to format a JavaScript date object into a time string but omit the seconds from the string.

In this article, we’ll look at ways to use the toLocaleTimeString method to return a formatted time string without including the seconds in the string.

Set hour and minute to 2-digit

We can set the hour and minute properties to '2-digit' to get rid of the seconds from the returned time string.

For instance, we can write:

const dateWithoutSecond = new Date();
const formatted = dateWithoutSecond.toLocaleTimeString([], {
  hour: '2-digit',
  minute: '2-digit'
});
console.log(formatted)

We create a Date instance and store it in the dateWithoutSecond variable.

Then we call toLocateString on it with an object with the hour and minute options set to '2-digit' to return a time string without the seconds.

So formatted would be a string like '04:05 PM’ .

Set timeStyle to short

We can also set the timeStyle option to short to omit the seconds from the returned time string.

For instance, we can write:

const dateWithoutSecond = new Date();
const formatted = dateWithoutSecond.toLocaleTimeString([], {
  timeStyle: 'short'
});
console.log(formatted)

to do this.

Then formatted is something like '4:07 PM’ .

Conclusion

We can set various options with toLocateTimeString to return a time string without the seconds part.

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