JavaScript getYear() Method

Definition and Usage

The getYear() method returns the year, as a two-digit OR a three/four-digit number.
The value returned by getYear() is not always four digits. For years between 1900 and 1999 the getYear() method returns only two digits.
For other years (before 1900 and after 1999) the return is browsers dependant:
Internet Explorer:
  • Returns four digits for years before 1900 and after 1999.
  • Returns a value less than 0 for years before 1900. For example, the year 1800 returns -100.
  • Returns a value 100 or greater for years greater than or equal to 2000. For example, the year 2008 returns 108.



Tips and Notes

Note: This method is always used in conjunction with a Date object.
Important: The getYear() method should no longer be used. Use the getFullYear() method instead!!


In this example we get the current year and print it:

<script type="text/javascript">

var d = new Date();


The output of the code above will be:


Example 2

Here we will extract the year out of the specific date:

<script type="text/javascript">
var born = new Date("July 21, 1983 01:15:00");
document.write("I was born in " + born.getYear());

The output of the code above will be:

I was born in 83
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