Nick Schroeder Nick Schroeder - 1 month ago 16
Node.js Question

Find by ISODate using Node.js, Express, and MongoDB

I'm using Node.js and Express on a webserver to query MongoDB on a dbserver and running into a problem getting the dates to work together, I've read a bunch of threads here about the problem, most notably this one:

Inserting and Querying Date with MongoDB and Nodejs

I'm pretty sure I understand what I'm supposed to be doing, but nothing I try seems to work.

In my .js file, I have the following:

var todayStart = new Date();

var todayEnd = new Date(todayStart);

var query = {
"date": {
$gte: new Date(todayStart).toISOString(),
$lte: new Date(todayEnd).toISOString()

My query var outputs to the console in the format I expect:

{ date:
{ '$gte': '2016-09-13T00:00:00.000Z',
'$lte': '2016-09-13T23:59:59.999Z' }

I attempt to use either my query variable or the date vars themselves, and both return a result of null (no errors):

db.collection('test').findOne(query, function(err, result) {
db.collection('test').findOne({"date" : {$gte: new Date(todayStart).toISOString(),$lte: new Date(todayEnd).toISOString() }}, function(err, result) {

However if I just plug in my dates like so, it returns my result:

db.collection('test').findOne({"date" : {$gte: new Date("2016-09-13T00:00:00.000Z"),$lte: new Date("2016-09-13T23:59:59.999Z") }}, function(err, result) {

Any idea what I'm missing here?


No need to cast the dates to an ISO string format, just query using the JS dates. For a detailed explanation why, refer to the documentation.

Your start date object should hold the current date time hours at 00:00:00.000 (milliseconds precision) and set the hours for today's date to 23:59:59.999 to the end date variable:

var todayStart = new Date();

var todayEnd = new Date();

var query = {
    "date": {
        $gte: todayStart,
        $lte: todayEnd

db.collection('test').findOne(query, function(err, result) {
    if (err) throw new Error();

If you are using the momentjs library, this can be done by using the startOf() and endOf() methods on the moment's current date object, passing the string 'day' as arguments:

var todayStart = moment().startOf('day'); // set to 12:00 am today
var todayEnd = moment().endOf('day'); // set to 23:59 pm today