Current date as character vector
c = date returns the current date as a character vector in the
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.
To return the current date as a character vector, use the
c = date
c = '24-Aug-2020'
date always returns the English abbreviation for the month name.
The function does not take your system locale into account when determining the month
MATLAB® Online™ determines the current date from Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) rather than from local time.
As an alternative, use the
datetime function to represent the
d = datetime('today')
datetime function takes your locale into account. Also, you
can specify the format that a
datetime array uses to represent its