AngularJS Get Current Date Time Example

Hello readers, in this tutorial, developers will learn what AngularJS is and how to display the current date and time using the angular filter.

1. Introduction

AngularJS is a JavaScript MVC or Model-View-Controller framework developed by Google that lets developers build well structured, easily testable, and maintainable front-end applications. Before we start with the creation of a real application using the angular framework, let us see the important parts of an angular application.

1.1.1 Templates

In angular, a template is an HTML with added markups. AngularJS library compiles the templates and renders the resultant HTML page.

1.1.2 Directives

Directives are the markers (i.e. attributes) on a DOM element that tell angular to attach a specific behavior to that DOM element or even transform the DOM element and its children. Most of the directives in the angular library start with the prefix ng. Below is the list of important directives that are available in the angular library.

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1.1.3 Expressions

An expression is like a JavaScript code usually wrapped inside the double curly braces such as {{ expression }}. AngularJS library evaluates the expression and produces a result.

These new APIs make developer’s life easier, really! But it would be difficult for a beginner to understand this without an example. Therefore, let us create a simple application using the date filter in the angular applications.

2. AngularJS Get Current Date Time Example

Here is a step-by-step guide for implementing this tutorial in the angular applications.

2.1 Tools Used

We are using Eclipse Kepler SR2, JDK 8 and Maven. Having said that, we have tested the code against JDK 1.7 and it works well.

2.2 Project Structure

Firstly, let’s review the final project structure if you are confused about where you should create the corresponding files or folder later!

Fig. Fig. 1: Application Project Structure

2.3 Project Creation

This section will show how to create a Java-based Maven project with Eclipse. In Eclipse Ide, go to File -> New -> Maven Project.

Fig. 2: Create Maven Project

In the New Maven Project window, it will ask you to select project location. By default, ‘Use default workspace location’ will be selected. Just click on next button to proceed.

Fig. 3: Project Details

Select the ‘Maven Web App’ Archetype from the list of options and click next.

Fig. 4: Archetype Selection

It will ask you to ‘Enter the group and the artifact id for the project’. We will enter the details as shown in the below image. The version number will be by default: 0.0.1-SNAPSHOT.

Fig. 5: Archetype Parameters

Click on Finish and the creation of a maven project is completed. If you see, it has downloaded the maven dependencies and a pom.xml file will be created. It will have the following code:


<project xmlns="" xmlns:xsi="" xsi:schemaLocation="">

Let’s start building the application!

3. Application Building

Let’s create an application to understand the basic building blocks of this tutorial.

3.1 Load the AngularJS framework

Since it is a pure JavaScript framework, we should add its reference using the <script> tag.

<script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>

3.2 Define the AngularJS application

Next, we will define the AngularJS application using the <ng-app> and <ng-controller> directives.


<div ng-app="app" ng-controller="dateCtrl">

3.3 Complete Application

In angular, the date filter converts a date to a string based on the given format. AngularJS allow the conversation of data to multiple formats using this filter. Following is the syntax of using the date filter in angular applications.


{{ date_expression | date : format }}

Developers can refer to this link for the different type of date formats available with this filter. Complete the above steps and I will show you how to use the ‘date‘ filter with real-life practices. Let’s see the code snippet.


<!DOCTYPE html>
	    <meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html; charset=UTF-8">
	    <title>AngularJS Date/Time</title>
	    <!-- AngularJs File -->
	    <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script>
	    <!-- Bootstrap Css -->
	    <link rel="stylesheet" href="">
	    <script type="text/javascript">	    	
		    var dateApp = angular.module('app', []);
		    dateApp.controller('dateCtrl', ['$scope', '$filter', '$interval', function ($scope, $filter, $interval) {
		    	var date = new Date();
		    	var date_format = 'EEEE MMMM d, y hh:mm:ss a';
		    	var tick = function() {		    		
		    		$scope.get_current_date_time = $filter('date')(new Date(), date_format);
		    	$interval(tick, 1000);
	    <div id="angularGetDateTime" class="container">
	        <h1 align="center" class="text-primary">AngularJS - Get Date/Time Example</h1>
	        <hr />
	        <div ng-app="app" ng-controller="dateCtrl">
	        	<h3 id="header_msg" class="text-warning">A demo to display the current <em>date & time</em> in AngularJS!</h3>
	            <div> </div>
	        	<h5 class="text-black-50">Date = {{ get_current_date_time }}</h5>                 

4. Run the Application

As we are ready for all the changes, let us compile the project and deploy the application on the Tomcat7 server. To deploy the application on Tomat7, right-click on the project and navigate to Run as -> Run on Server.

Fig. 6: How to Deploy Application on Tomcat

Tomcat will deploy the application in its web-apps folder and shall start its execution to deploy the project so that we can go ahead and test it in the browser.

5. Project Demo

Open your favorite browser and hit the following URL. The output page using the date filter will be displayed.


Server name (localhost) and port (8082) may vary as per your Tomcat configuration.

Fig. 7: Current Date/Time in Angular

That’s all for this post. Happy Learning!!

6. Conclusion

In this section, developers learned how to create a simple application using the date angular filter. Developers can download the sample application as an Eclipse project in the Downloads section.

7. Download the Eclipse Project

This was an example of the AngularJS Get Current Date Time of the AngularJS framework.

You can download the full source code of this example here: AngularJsGetDateTime
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