It is an old question but other new questions like:
get closed as duplicates of this one, so I think it's important to add some fresh info here. I'm writing it because I got scared thinking that people actually copy and paste some of the code posted here and use it in production.
Most of the answers here either use some complex regular expressions that match only some very specific formats and actually do it incorrectly (like matching January 32nd while not matching actual ISO date as advertised - see demo) or they try to pass anything to the
Date constructor and wish for the best.
It is 12kB minified/gzipped and works in Node.js and other places:
bower install moment --save # bower npm install moment --save # npm Install-Package Moment.js # NuGet spm install moment --save # spm meteor add momentjs:moment # meteor
Using Moment you can be very specific about checking valid dates. Sometimes it is very important to add some clues about the format that you expect. For example, a date such as 06/22/2015 looks like a valid date, unless you use a format DD/MM/YYYY in which case this date should be rejected as invalid. There are few ways how you can tell Moment what format you expect, for example:
moment("06/22/2015", "MM/DD/YYYY", true).isValid(); // true moment("06/22/2015", "DD/MM/YYYY", true).isValid(); // false
true argument is there so the Moment won't try to parse the input if it doesn't exactly conform to one of the formats provided (it should be a default behavior in my opinion).
You can use an internally provided format:
moment("2015-06-22T13:17:21+0000", moment.ISO_8601, true).isValid(); // true
And you can use multiple formats as an array:
var formats = [ moment.ISO_8601, "MM/DD/YYYY :) HH*mm*ss" ]; moment("2015-06-22T13:17:21+0000", formats, true).isValid(); // true moment("06/22/2015 :) 13*17*21", formats, true).isValid(); // true moment("06/22/2015 :( 13*17*21", formats, true).isValid(); // false
If you don't want to use Moment.js, there are also other libraries:
Today I recommend using Luxon for date/time manipulation instead of Moment, which (unlike Moment) makes all object immutable so there are no nasty surprises related to implicit mutation of dates.
Of course anyone can try to reinvent the wheel, write a regular expression (but please actually read ISO 8601 and RFC 3339 before you do it) or call buit-in constructors with random data to parse error messages like
'Invalid Date' (Are you sure this message is exactly the same on all platforms? In all locales? In the future?) or you can use a tested solution and use your time to improve it, not reinvent it. All of the libraries listed here are open source, free software.
~ Answered on 2015-06-16 14:37:54