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Converting a SAS date or datetime to javascript isn’t hard, but still – it should be easy to google for!

  var dtSAS=20563;
  var dtJS=new Date(+new Date(1960,0,1) + dtSAS * 86400000);

Right, that should get rid of 95% of readers, for the rest of you, a quick explanation.

First, it’s important to note that SAS dates are stored as number of days since Jan 1st, 1960 – whereas Javascript “dates” are actually the number of milliseconds since Jan 1st 1970.  This explains the 86400000 value (24 days * 60 minutes * 60 seconds * 1000 milliseconds), and why the embedded Date() object is set to 1960.

Next, there’s the “+” sign before that nested Date object.  That tells Javascript to return a numeric value (-315619200000) instead of a formatted value (Fri Jan 01 1960 00:00:00 GMT+0000 (GMT Standard Time)).

Finally, the .toUTCString() method avoids contention with local time conventions (eg the extra 1 hour in BST).

To make this even easier to deal with, I’ve knocked together a simple Javascript function – see fiddle.

// valid in ECMASCRIPT 2016
function dtSAStoJS(dtSAS,dtType=‘DATE’){
  // accepts SAS unformatted DATE or DATETIME
  // dtType should be used to determine the above
  // -315619200000 is equivalent to +new Date(1960,0,1)
  // 86400000 is equivalent to 24h * 60m * 60s * 1000ms
    return new Date(315619200000 + dtSAS * 86400000);
  } else if (dtType===‘DATETIME’){
    return new Date(315619200000 + dtSAS * 1000);
  } else {
    console.log(‘Unknown dtType value – ‘ + dtType);
    return null;

If this post was useful, then do also check out How To Build Web Apps With SAS.

And in case you were wondering – datetime 1776743820 (GMT) was when Dr Goodnight officially announced SAS Viya!