How to Mock Dates in Playwright Tests

Better Stack Team
Updated on February 27, 2024

If you'd like to mock or emulate a specific date or time in your Playwright tests, you can use the following code:

test.beforeEach(async ({ page }) => {
  const fakeNow = new Date('June 21 2026 13:00:00').valueOf();

  await page.addInitScript(`{
    Date = class extends Date {
      constructor(...args) {
        if (args.length === 0) {
        } else {

    const __DateNowOffset = ${fakeNow} -;
    const __DateNow =; = () => __DateNow() + __DateNowOffset;

This snippet overrides the JavaScript Date object and function to simulate the current time as June 21, 2026, at 13:00:00. It ensures that any usage of Date or within the tested page reflects this specific time, facilitating consistent testing of time-dependent features by mocking the system time before each test case runs.

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