Purpose:Display and optionally change the system date


Format:DATE [/Fn /T /U "format"] [mm -dd -yy ]


mmThe month (1 - 12)
ddThe day (1 - 31)
yyThe year (80 - 99 or a 4- digit year)


"..."Date display format


/F(ormat)/U (UTC date)
/T (Display only)        


See also: TIME.




If you simply type DATE without any parameters, you will see the current system date and time, and be prompted for a new date. Press Enter if you don't wish to change the date. If you type a new date, it will become the current system date, which is included in the directory entry for each file as it is created or altered:



Wed 16/06/2021  10:40:36a

New date (mm-dd-[yy]yy):


You can also enter a new system date by typing the DATE command plus the new date on the command line:


date 30/06/2021


You can use hyphens, slashes, or periods to separate the month, day, and year entries. The year can be entered as a 2-digit or 4-digit value. Two-digit years between 80 and 99 are interpreted as 1980 - 1999; values between 00 and 79 are interpreted as 2000 - 2079.


DATE adjusts the format it expects depending on your country settings. When entering the date, use the correct format for the country setting currently in effect on your system.


You can also use the international date format yyyy-mm-dd.


The day of week and month are translated into your local language (English, French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish).




"..."Custom date / time format to use when displaying the current date. The formatting characters are the same as used by the @DATEFMT function.


/FDate format to use. The formats are:


0 : Tue  Jan 1, 2019

1 :  1/01/19

2 : Tue 1/01/2019

4 : 2019-01-01


/TDisplays the current date but does not prompt you for a new date. If a new date is specified in the same command as /T the new date will be ignored.


/UDisplay or enter the UTC date.