Get and set user timezone in cookies with jQuery


  1. Find the user timezone from it’s browser default time and then get the confirmation from the user about it’s timezone.
  2. User should be able to select different time zone
  3. Store the timezone in a cookie
  4. Perform the above procedure only if the user is logged in ( identity)


  • Using jQuery check if user is authenticated ( identity)
  • If authenticated check if the timezone cookie is already¬†set
  • If the cookie is not set yet, get confirmation from user about it’s timezone using bootstrap modal and store it in a cookie


Add a bootstrap modal form to your page with timezone drop-down list:

 <div class='modal fade' id='modalTimeZoneApprove' tabindex='-1' role='dialog' aria-labelledby='myModalLabel'>
 <div class='modal-dialog' role='document'>
 <div class='modal-content'>
 <div class='modal-header'>
 <button type='button' class='close' data-dismiss='modal' aria-label='Close'><span aria-hidden='true'>&times;</span></button>
 <h4 class='modal-title'>Approve Your TimeZone</h4>
 <div class='modal-body'>
 <p>Your default time zone is : <span id="spanTimeZone"></span></p>
 <br />
 <p>You can change your timezone: </p>
 <select class="form-control" id="zoneList">
 <option value="-13">--Select--</option>
 <option value="-12">(GMT-12:00) International Date Line West</option>
 <option value="-11">(GMT-11:00) Midway Island, Samoa</option>
 <option value="-10">(GMT-10:00) Hawaii</option>
 <option value="-9">(GMT-09:00) Alaska</option>
 <option value="-8">(GMT-08:00) Pacific Time (US & Canada)</option>
 <option value="-8">(GMT-08:00) Tijuana, Baja California</option>
 <option value="-7">(GMT-07:00) Arizona</option>
 <option value="-7">(GMT-07:00) Chihuahua, La Paz, Mazatlan</option>
 <option value="-7">(GMT-07:00) Mountain Time (US & Canada)</option>
 <option value="-6">(GMT-06:00) Central America</option>
 <option value="-6">(GMT-06:00) Central Time (US & Canada)</option>
 <option value="-6">(GMT-06:00) Guadalajara, Mexico City, Monterrey</option>
 <option value="-6">(GMT-06:00) Saskatchewan</option>
 <option value="-5">(GMT-05:00) Bogota, Lima, Quito, Rio Branco</option>
 <option value="-5">(GMT-05:00) Eastern Time (US & Canada)</option>
 <option value="-5">(GMT-05:00) Indiana (East)</option>
 <option value="-4">(GMT-04:00) Atlantic Time (Canada)</option>
 <option value="-4">(GMT-04:00) Caracas, La Paz</option>
 <option value="-4">(GMT-04:00) Manaus</option>
 <option value="-4">(GMT-04:00) Santiago</option>
 <option value="-3.5">(GMT-03:30) Newfoundland</option>
 <option value="-3">(GMT-03:00) Brasilia</option>
 <option value="-3">(GMT-03:00) Buenos Aires, Georgetown</option>
 <option value="-3">(GMT-03:00) Greenland</option>
 <option value="-3">(GMT-03:00) Montevideo</option>
 <option value="-2">(GMT-02:00) Mid-Atlantic</option>
 <option value="-1">(GMT-01:00) Cape Verde Is.</option>
 <option value="-1">(GMT-01:00) Azores</option>
 <option value="0">(GMT+00:00) Casablanca, Monrovia, Reykjavik</option>
 <option value="0">(GMT+00:00) Greenwich Mean Time : Dublin, Edinburgh, Lisbon, London</option>
 <option value="1">(GMT+01:00) Amsterdam, Berlin, Bern, Rome, Stockholm, Vienna</option>
 <option value="1">(GMT+01:00) Belgrade, Bratislava, Budapest, Ljubljana, Prague</option>
 <option value="1">(GMT+01:00) Brussels, Copenhagen, Madrid, Paris</option>
 <option value="1">(GMT+01:00) Sarajevo, Skopje, Warsaw, Zagreb</option>
 <option value="1">(GMT+01:00) West Central Africa</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Amman</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Athens, Bucharest, Istanbul</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Beirut</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Cairo</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Harare, Pretoria</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Jerusalem</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Minsk</option>
 <option value="2">(GMT+02:00) Windhoek</option>
 <option value="3">(GMT+03:00) Kuwait, Riyadh, Baghdad</option>
 <option value="3">(GMT+03:00) Moscow, St. Petersburg, Volgograd</option>
 <option value="3">(GMT+03:00) Nairobi</option>
 <option value="3">(GMT+03:00) Tbilisi</option>
 <option value="3.5">(GMT+03:30) Tehran</option>
 <option value="4">(GMT+04:00) Abu Dhabi, Muscat</option>
 <option value="4">(GMT+04:00) Baku</option>
 <option value="4">(GMT+04:00) Yerevan</option>
 <option value="4.5">(GMT+04:30) Kabul</option>
 <option value="5">(GMT+05:00) Yekaterinburg</option>
 <option value="5">(GMT+05:00) Islamabad, Karachi, Tashkent</option>
 <option value="5.5">(GMT+05:30) Sri Jayawardenapura</option>
 <option value="5.5">(GMT+05:30) Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, New Delhi</option>
 <option value="5.75">(GMT+05:45) Kathmandu</option>
 <option value="6">(GMT+06:00) Almaty, Novosibirsk</option>
 <option value="6">(GMT+06:00) Astana, Dhaka</option>
 <option value="6.5">(GMT+06:30) Yangon (Rangoon)</option>
 <option value="7">(GMT+07:00) Bangkok, Hanoi, Jakarta</option>
 <option value="7">(GMT+07:00) Krasnoyarsk</option>
 <option value="8">(GMT+08:00) Beijing, Chongqing, Hong Kong, Urumqi</option>
 <option value="8">(GMT+08:00) Kuala Lumpur, Singapore</option>
 <option value="8">(GMT+08:00) Irkutsk, Ulaan Bataar</option>
 <option value="8">(GMT+08:00) Perth</option>
 <option value="8">(GMT+08:00) Taipei</option>
 <option value="9">(GMT+09:00) Osaka, Sapporo, Tokyo</option>
 <option value="9">(GMT+09:00) Seoul</option>
 <option value="9">(GMT+09:00) Yakutsk</option>
 <option value="9.5">(GMT+09:30) Adelaide</option>
 <option value="9.5">(GMT+09:30) Darwin</option>
 <option value="10">(GMT+10:00) Brisbane</option>
 <option value="10">(GMT+10:00) Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney</option>
 <option value="10">(GMT+10:00) Hobart</option>
 <option value="10">(GMT+10:00) Guam, Port Moresby</option>
 <option value="10">(GMT+10:00) Vladivostok</option>
 <option value="11">(GMT+11:00) Magadan, Solomon Is., New Caledonia</option>
 <option value="12">(GMT+12:00) Auckland, Wellington</option>
 <option value="12">(GMT+12:00) Fiji, Kamchatka, Marshall Is.</option>
 <option value="13">(GMT+13:00) Nuku'alofa</option>
 <div class='modal-footer'>
 <button type='button' class='btn btn-primary' id='confirmModalTimeZone'>Confrim</button>
 <button type='button' class='btn btn-default' data-dismiss='modal' id='closeModalApprove'>Cancel</button>

the modal will looks like this:

Now add JavaScript/jQuery methods to set the cookies if the users is authenticated (using Identity)

 function getCookie(cname) {
            var name = cname + "=";
            var decodedCookie = decodeURIComponent(document.cookie);
            var ca = decodedCookie.split(';');
            for (var i = 0; i < ca.length; i++) {
                var c = ca[i];
                while (c.charAt(0) == ' ') {
                    c = c.substring(1);
                if (c.indexOf(name) == 0) {
                    return c.substring(name.length, c.length);
            return "";

 function setCookie(cname, cvalue, exdays) {
            var d = new Date();
            d.setTime(d.getTime() + (exdays * 24 * 60 * 60 * 1000));
            var expires = "expires=" + d.toUTCString();
            document.cookie = cname + "=" + cvalue + ";" + expires + ";path=/";

 function checkCookie(cname) {
            var cookieName = getCookie(cname);
            if (cookieName != "") {
                alert("Welcome again " + cookieName);
            else {
                cookieName = "GMT  " + get_time_zone_offset();
                if (cookieName != "" && cookieName != null) {
                    setCookie(cname, cookieName, 365); MediaQueryList

  function get_time_zone_offset() {
            var current_date = new Date();
            return -current_date.getTimezoneOffset() / 60;

 $(document).ready(function () {
            var isAuthenticated = '<%=HttpContext.Current.User.Identity.IsAuthenticated %>';
            if (isAuthenticated=="True") {

                var cookieName = getCookie("AccountTimeZone");
                if (cookieName != "") {
                    //do nothing!
                else {
                    cookieName = "GMT  " + get_time_zone_offset();

                $('#zoneList').on('change', function () {
                    $("#spanTimeZone").text($("#zoneList option:selected").text());

                $("#confirmModalTimeZone").click(function () {
                    var zone = $("#spanTimeZone").text();
                    if (zone != "" && zone != null) {
                        setCookie("AccountTimeZone", zone, 365);