date {base}R Documentation

System Date and Time


Returns a character string of the current system date and time.




The string has the form "Fri Aug 20 11:11:00 1999", i.e., length 24, since it relies on POSIX's ctime ensuring the above fixed format. Timezone and Daylight Saving Time are taken account of, but not indicated in the result.

The day and month abbreviations are always in English, irrespective of locale.


Becker, R. A., Chambers, J. M. and Wilks, A. R. (1988) The New S Language. Wadsworth & Brooks/Cole.

See Also

Sys.Date and Sys.time; Date and DateTimeClasses for objects representing date and time.


(d <- date())
nchar(d) == 24

## something similar in the current locale
##   depending on ctime; e.g. %e could be %d:
format(Sys.time(), "%a %b %e %H:%M:%S %Y")

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