# Round a Date to the nearest 5 Minutes using JavaScript Sun Jan 16 20222 min read ## Round a Date to the nearest 5 Minutes using JavaScript#

To round a date to the nearest 5 minutes:

1. Convert 5 minutes to milliseconds.
2. Divide the date's value in milliseconds by the result from the conversion.
3. Pass the result to the `Math.round()` function.
4. Multiply by the number of milliseconds in 5 minutes.
index.js
```Copied!```function roundToNearest5(date = new Date()) {
const minutes = 5;
const ms = 1000 * 60 * minutes;

// 👇️ replace Math.round with Math.ceil to always round UP
return new Date(Math.round(date.getTime() / ms) * ms);
}

// 👇️ Sun Jan 16 2022 08:15:00 (minutes are 13)
console.log(roundToNearest5(new Date(2022, 0, 16, 8, 13, 00)));

// 👇️ Sun Jan 16 2022 08:10:00 (minutes are 12)
console.log(roundToNearest5(new Date(2022, 0, 16, 8, 12, 00)));
``````

We used the Date() constructor when logging the examples to the console. The parameters we passed are: `year`, `month` (January = 0, February = 1, etc), `day of month`, `hours`, `minutes`, `seconds`.

We created a reusable function that rounds a date to the nearest 5 minutes.

The function takes a `Date` object as a parameter or uses the current date and time if no parameter is provided.

If you always want to round up, replace the `Math.round()` function with `Math.ceil()`.

The `ms` variable stores the number of milliseconds there are in `5` minutes.

The getTime method returns the number of milliseconds since the Unix Epoch.

We divide the result by the number of milliseconds in `5` minutes and round to the nearest integer using the Math.round function.

Here are some examples of how `Math.round` works.

index.js
```Copied!```console.log(Math.round(0.49)); // 👉️ 0
console.log(Math.round(0.5)); // 👉️ 1
``````

The function rounds the number up or down to the nearest integer.

If the number is positive and its fractional part is greater than or equal to `0.5`, it gets rounded to the next higher absolute value.

If the number is positive and its fractional portion is less than `0.5`, it gets rounded to the lower absolute value.

If you always want to round up to the next `5` minutes, use the Math.ceil function instead.

index.js
```Copied!```function roundToNearest5(date = new Date()) {
const minutes = 5;
const ms = 1000 * 60 * minutes;

return new Date(Math.ceil(date.getTime() / ms) * ms);
}

// 👇️ Sun Jan 16 2022 08:15:00 (minutes are 13)
console.log(roundToNearest5(new Date(2022, 0, 16, 8, 13, 00)));

// 👇️ Sun Jan 16 2022 08:15:00 (minutes are 12)
console.log(roundToNearest5(new Date(2022, 0, 16, 8, 12, 00)));
``````

The `Math.ceil` function returns the smallest integer that is greater than or equal to the provided number.

index.js
```Copied!```console.log(Math.ceil(0.1)); // 👉️ 1
console.log(Math.ceil(5.0001)); // 👉️ 6
``````

In short, if there is anything after the decimal, the number will get rounded to the next integer, otherwise the number is returned.

The last step is to multiply the value from calling `Math.round` or `Math.ceil` with the number of milliseconds there are in `5` minutes and pass the result to the `Date()` constructor.

The `roundToNearest5` function returns a new `Date` object with the minutes rounded to the nearest `5`.

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