date

Current date as character vector

Syntax

Description

example

c = date returns the current date as a character vector in the format dd-MMM-yyyy.

This format represents the day of the month (dd) as a number, the month name (MMM) as its three-letter abbreviation, and the year (yyyy) as a number.

Examples

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To return the current date as a character vector, use the date function.

c = date
c = 
'26-Aug-2019'

Limitations

  • date always returns the English abbreviation for the month name. The function does not take your system locale into account when determining the month name.

  • MATLAB Online determines the current date from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) rather than from local time.

Tips

  • As an alternative, use the datetime function to represent the current date.

    d = datetime('today')

    The datetime function takes your locale into account. Also, you can specify the format that a datetime array uses to represent its values.

Introduced before R2006a