How do I get today's date in C# in mm/dd/yyyy format?


How do I get today's date in C# in mm/dd/yyyy format?

I need to set a string variable to today's date (preferably without the year), but there's got to be a better way than building it month-/-day one piece at a time.

BTW: I'm in the US so M/dd would be correct, e.g. September 11th is 9/11.

Note: an answer from kronoz came in that discussed internationalization, and I thought it was awesome enough to mention since I can't make it an 'accepted' answer as well.

kronoz's answer

5/23/2017 12:10:40 PM

Accepted Answer


5/22/2013 4:13:21 PM

Not to be horribly pedantic, but if you are internationalising the code it might be more useful to have the facility to get the short date for a given culture, e.g.:-

using System.Globalization;
using System.Threading;


var currentCulture = Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture;
try {
  Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = CultureInfo.CreateSpecificCulture("en-us");
  string shortDateString = DateTime.Now.ToShortDateString();
  // Do something with shortDateString...
} finally {
  Thread.CurrentThread.CurrentCulture = currentCulture;

Though clearly the "m/dd/yyyy" approach is considerably neater!!

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