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PowerShell Get-Date – Get Current Date Time

Get-Date cmdlet in PowerShell is used to get the current date and time. Get-Date uses the computer’s culture settings to format the output date.

It can format date and time in different .Net and Unix formats. Using Get-Date to generate a date or time character string to pipe input to other cmdlets.

Get-Date get current date and time
Get-Date get current date and time

Get-Date gets the DateTime object which represents the current date of the system. It also returns the DateTime object if you specify the date.

In this article, we will discuss using the Get-Date cmdlet to get the current date in PowerShell, and format specifier to get the current date and time.

PowerShell Get-Date

Get-Date cmdlet in PowerShell gets the current date and time.

Syntax

Get-Date
   [[-Date] <DateTime>]
   [-Year <Int32>]
   [-Month <Int32>]
   [-Day <Int32>]
   [-Hour <Int32>]
   [-Minute <Int32>]
   [-Second <Int32>]
   [-Millisecond <Int32>]
   [-DisplayHint <DisplayHintType>]
   [-AsUTC]
   -UFormat <String>
   [<CommonParameters>]

Parameters

AsUTC: It converts the date value to the equivalent time in UTC.

Date: It specifies a date and time. Time is optional and returns 00:00:00 if not specified.

Day: It specifies the day of the month.

DisplayHint: It determines which elements of the date and time are displayed.

Format: It displays the date and time in the Microsoft .NET framework indicated by the format specifier.

Hour: It specifies the hour that is displayed.

Minute: It specifies the minute that is displayed.

Second: It specifies the second that is displayed.

Millisecond: It specifies the milliseconds in date.

Month: It specifies the month that is displayed.

Year: It specifies the year that is displayed.

UFormat: It displays the date and time in UNIX format.

Let’s understand using PowerShell Get-Date with examples.

Let’s practice!

Get the current date and time

PowerShell Get-Date cmdlet displayed the current date and time.

Get-Date

The above command outputs long date and long time formats.

24 January 2022 21:49:52

Get-Date Get elements of the current date and time

Get elements of the current date and time using the Get-Date DisplayHint parameter.

Get-Date -DisplayHint Date

It outputs the current date of your system.

Get-Date DisplayHint date element
Get-Date DisplayHint date element

You can get the time element of the current date and time using the PowerShell Get-Date DisplayHint parameter.

Get-Date -DisplayHint Time

It outputs the time element of the current date and time of your local system.

PowerShell Get Date DisplayHint time element
PowerShell Get Date DisplayHint time element

Get date and time with .NET format specifier

Get-Date cmdlet in PowerShell uses different .NET format specifiers to customize the output format.

It uses a Format parameter to specify several format specifiers. The output of a command is a String object.

Get-Date -Format "MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss"  

In the above get date .net format specifier example, we have specified the customized date-time format MM/dd/YYY HH:mm:ss for the output date.

The output of the above command is:

PS C:\> Get-Date -Format "MM/dd/yyyy HH:mm:ss"                                                                          01-24-2022 22:13:21
Get Date format current date in mm/dd/yyyy
Get Date format current date in mm/dd/yyyy

To get the current date and time in dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss format, use

 Get-Date -Format "dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss"  

The output of the above command is:

PS C:\> Get-Date -Format "dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss"                                                                          24-01-2022 22:13:28

To get the current date and time in dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm:ss format with TimeZone offset from the current zone from UTC.

Get-Date -Format "dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm K" 

The output of the above command is:

PS C:\> Get-Date -Format "dd/MM/yyyy HH:mm K"                                                                           24-01-2022 22:13 +05:30

.NET format specifiers to be used with Get-Date command

SpecifierDefinition
ddddDay of the week – full name
MMMonth number
ddDay of the month – 2 digits
yyyyYear in 4-digit format
HH:mmTime in 24-hour format – no seconds
KTime zone offset from Universal Time Coordinate (UTC)
Get-Date .Net format specifiers

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Get date and time with a UFormat Specifier

You can use several UFormat specifiers to customize the output format.

Get-Date uses the Format parameter to specify the format specifier. The output is a String object.

Get-Date -UFormat "%A %m/%d/%Y %R %Z"  

The output of the above command is:

PS C:\> Get-Date -UFormat "%A %m/%d/%Y %R %Z"                                                                           Monday 01/24/2022 22:28 +05
PowerShell get date UFormat specifier
PowerShell get date UFormat specifier

UFormat Specifier to be used with Get-Command are

SpecifierDefinition
%ADay of the week – full name
%mMonth number
%dDay of the month – 2 digits
%YYear in 4-digit format
%RTime in 24-hour format – no seconds
%ZTime zone offset from Universal Time Coordinate (UTC)
Get-Date UFormat Specifiers

Get Date’s day of the year in PowerShell

You can get the date’s day or numeric day using the DayofYear property.

(Get-Date -Year 2021 -Month 11 -Day 07).DayOfYear 

In the above example, it gets the numeric day of the year using the Gregorian calendar.

In the above command, get-Date uses three parameters Year, Month, and Day with their values.

It is wrapped inside parentheses and the result is evaluated by the DayOfYear property.

PS C:\> (Get-Date -Year 2021 -Month 11 -Day 07).DayOfYear                                                               311
PS C:\> (Get-Date -Year 2022 -Month 01 -Day 24).DayOfYear                                                               24
PS C:\> 
Get Date's day of the year
Get Date’s day of the year

Get-Date – Convert the current date time to UTC time

You can convert the current date time to UTC time using the UFormat parameter.

UFormat format %Z specifier represents the UTC offset.

Get-Date -UFormat "%A %B/%d/%Y %T %Z"
$Cur_DateTime = Get-Date
$Cur_DateTime.ToUniversalTime()

In the above example, Get-Date uses the UFormat parameter with format specifiers “%A %B/%d/%Y %T %Z” to display the current system date and time.

UFormat specifier %Z represents the UTC offset of +5

$Cur_DateTime variable stores the current date and time of the system.

$Cur_DateTime uses ToUniversalTime() method to convert the current date and time to UTC offset time.

The output of the above command is:

PS C:\> Get-Date -UFormat "%A %B/%d/%Y %T %Z"                                                                           Monday January/24/2022 22:43:15 +05
PS C:\> $Cur_DateTime = Get-Date                                                                                        PS C:\> $Cur_DateTime.ToUniversalTime()                                                                                 
24 January 2022 17:13:20
Convert current datetime to UTC time
Convert current datetime to UTC time

Get yesterday date using Get-Date in PowerShell

You can get yesterday’s date using the Get-Date AddDays() method in PowerShell.

(Get-Date).AddDays(-1)  

In the above example, Get-Date is wrapped in parentheses and uses AddDays() method.

AddDays() method accepts the input parameter as a number, in this case, -1, and gets yesterday’s date.

PS C:\> (Get-Date).AddDays(-1)                                                                                          
23 January 2022 22:51:06
Get yesterdays date in PowerShell
Get yesterday’s date in PowerShell

Check if the date is set for daylight savings time

Using the IsDaylightSavingTime() method, You can check if the date is adjusted for daylight savings time.

$Cur_DateTime = Get-Date                                                                                      $Cur_DateTime.IsDaylightSavingTime() 

In the above example, $Cur_DateTime stores the current date and time of the local system.

$Cur_DateTime variable uses IsDaylightSavingTime() method check if the date is set for daylight savings time and return boolean value.

The output of the above command is:

PS C:\> $Cur_DateTime = Get-Date                                                                                        PS C:\> $Cur_DateTime.IsDaylightSavingTime()                                                                            False
PS C:\>     
Check is daylight saving adjusted
Check if daylight saving is set for the date

Add hours in the current date time in PowerShell

You can use AddHours() method to add hours to the current date and time.

AddHours() method accepts a numeric value, ex… number of hours.

(Get-Date).AddHours(5)  

In the above example, Get-Date is wrapped inside parentheses and uses AddHours() method to add hours to the current date and time.

AddHours(5) adds the 5 hours in the current time.

The output of the above command is:

PS C:\> (Get-Date).AddHours(5)                                                                                          
25 January 2022 04:05:09

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Conclusion

I hope the above article on PowerShell Get-Date cmdlet is useful to you.

You can use several .NET format or Unix format specifiers to customize the output’s format.

Get-Date cmdlet in PowerShell returns the DateTime object. If you use Format or UFormat parameters, it will return the String object.

You can use the Get-Member cmdlet to get members of the PowerShell get-date cmdlet.

You can converts a DateTime object to a String object using the ToString() method.

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