DateTime.Today Property

Gets the current date.

Namespace:  System
Assembly:  mscorlib (in mscorlib.dll)

public static DateTime Today { get; }

Property Value

Type: System.DateTime
An object that is set to today's date, with the time component set to 00:00:00.

Starting with the .NET Framework version 2.0, the return value is a DateTime whose Kind property returns Local.

Because it returns the current date without the current time, the Today property is suitable for use in applications that work with dates only. For details, see Choosing Between DateTime, DateTimeOffset, and TimeZoneInfo. In contrast, the TimeOfDay property returns the current time without the current date, and the Now property returns both the current date and the current time.

The following example uses the Date property to retrieve the current date. It also illustrates how a DateTime value can be formatted using some of the standard date and time format strings. Note that the output produced by the third call to the ToString(String) method uses the g format specifier to include the time component, which is zero.

using System;

public class Example
{
   public static void Main()
   {
      // Get the current date.
      DateTime thisDay = DateTime.Today;
      // Display the date in the default (general) format.
      Console.WriteLine(thisDay.ToString());
      Console.WriteLine();
      // Display the date in a variety of formats.
      Console.WriteLine(thisDay.ToString("d"));
      Console.WriteLine(thisDay.ToString("D"));
      Console.WriteLine(thisDay.ToString("g"));
   }
}
// The example displays output similar to the following: 
//    5/3/2012 12:00:00 AM 
//     
//    5/3/2012 
//    Thursday, May 03, 2012 
//    5/3/2012 12:00 AM

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4.5.2, 4.5.1, 4.5, 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Portable Class Library

Supported in: Portable Class Library

.NET for Windows Store apps

Supported in: Windows 8

.NET for Windows Phone apps

Supported in: Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Silverlight 8.1

Windows Phone 8.1, Windows Phone 8, Windows 8.1, Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows 8, Windows Server 2012, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP2, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core Role not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core Role supported with SP1 or later; Itanium not supported)

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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