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jsTimezoneDetect (jstz)


This is a small unintrusive JavaScript library that helps with detecting the IANA zone info key representing the time zone of a browser client.

The IANA timezone database is pretty much standard for most platforms (UNIX and Mac support it natively, and every programming language in the world either has native support or well maintained libraries that support it).

Example Use

Include jstz.min.js in your HTML document.

Invoke the script by calling

    var tz = jstz.determine(); // Determines the time zone of the browser client; // Returns the name of the resulting time zone

Use Case

The script is useful if you do not want to disturb your user's with questions about what time zone they are in. You can rely on this script to give you a key that is usable for server side date time normalisations across time zones.


This script does not do geo-location. So if you are unhappy with the time zone "Europe/Berlin" when the user is in fact in "Europe/Stockholm" - this script is not for you. Europe/Berlin and Europe/Stockholm are for nearly all scenarios completely identical, they both represent Central European Time.


There is an updated demo running on: