Formats a date or datetime according to the format specified in the argument.

The date should be a tuple {Y,M,D} and the datetime should be a tuple {{Y,M,D},{H,I,S}}. Dates and datetimes are always assumed to be in local time.

An example:

{{ mydate|date:"Y-m-d" }}

If mydate is {2009,6,1} this returns 2009-06-01 as output.

To show the year of the current date:

{{ now|date:"Y" }}

See also the timesince filter to display a human readable relative time like 10 hours ago.


Dates in Zotonic are stored in UTC. If a date is displayed then it is converted to the timezone of the current request context. This timezone can be one of the following, in order of preference:

  • Preferred timezone set by the user
  • Timezone of the user-agent
  • Default timezone of the site
  • Default timezone of the Zotonic server
  • UTC

A specific timezone can be enforced by adding a second parameter to the date-filter. For example, to display a date in UTC:

{{ mydate|date:"Y-m-d H:i T":"UTC" }}

Timezone and all day date ranges

If a resource’s date range is set with the date_is_all_day flag then the dates are not converted to or from UTC but stored as-is. This needs to be taken into account when displaying those dates, otherwise a conversion from (assumed) UTC to the current timezone is performed and the wrong date might be displayed.

The timezone conversion can be prevented by adding the date_is_all_day flag to the date-filter as the timezone. Example, for displaying the start date of a resource:

{{ id.date_start|date:"Y-m-d":id.date_is_all_day }}

Date formatting characters

Date uses the same format as PHP’s date function with some extensions and some omissions.

All supported formatting characters are listed below:

Character Description Example output
a “a.m.” or “p.m.” (note that this follows Associated Press style and adds periods). “a.m.”
A Uppercase “AM” or “PM”. “AM”
b Month, textual, in three lowercase characters. “jan”
c ISO-8601 date format. “2004-02-12T15:19:21+00:00”
d Day of the month in two digits with leading zero, i.e. “01” to “31”. “01”
D Day of the week, textual, three letters of which the first one uppercase. “Mon”, “Fri”
e Show era when date is BCE (Before Common Era, so before the year 1). “BCE”
E Always show era. “BCE”, “CE”
f If minutes is zero then show only the hour, otherwise the hour and the minutes. Hours are shown using the “g” format character. “2”, “3:01”
F Month, textual, full english name with first character in uppercase. “January”
g 12 Hour format without leading zero, i.e. “1” to “12”. “1”
G 24 Hour format without leading zero, i.e. “0” to “23”. “0”, “15”
h 12 Hour format with leading zero, i.e. “01” to “12”. “01”
H 24 Hour format with leading zero, i.e. “00” to “23”. “00”, “15”
i Minutes with leading zero, i.e. “00” to “59”. “00”, “46”
i Daylight saving time flag. “1” if DST is in effect, “0” if no DST. “0”
j Day of the month without leading zero, i.e. “1” to “31”. “1”, “28”
l (lowercase L) Day of the week, textual, full english name with first character in uppercase. “Monday”, “Friday”
L Boolean for whether the year is a leap year. Returns the string “True” or “False”. “True”, “False”
m Month with leading zero, i.e. “01” to “12”. “01”, “12”
M Month, textual, in three characters, first character in uppercase. “Jan”
n Month without leading zero, i.e. “1” to “12”. “1”, “12”
N Month abbreviation in Associated Press style. March, April, June and July are shown in full. September as “Sept.” and all other months as three letter abbreviations with a full stop appended. “Jan.”, “June”, “Sept.”, “Dec.”
O Difference to Greenwich Mean Time (GMT). “+0200”
P Time in 12 hour format with minutes and “a.m.” or “p.m.” appended. Minutes are left off if they are zero, and the strings “midnight” or “noon” if appropriate. “1 a.m.”, “noon”, “1:30 a.m.”, “12:30 p.m.”
r RFC 2822 formatted date. “Thu, 21 Dec 2000 16:01:07”
s Seconds with leading zero. “09”
S English ordinal suffix for the day of the month, 2 characters; i.e. “st”, “nd”, “rd” or “th”. “st”, “nd”
t Number of days in the given month, i.e. “28” to “31”. “30”
T Timezone used for displaying the date. “CEST”
U Seconds since the Unix epoch of January 1, 00:00:00 GMT. 1254911050
w Day of the week, numeric. 0 For sunday to 6 for saturday. “0”, “6”
W ISO-8601 week number of the year, starting on mondays. “22”
x Year in (at least) four digits, in accordance with ISO 8601. “0313”, “-0500”, “2010”
y Year in two digits. “01”, “99”
Y Full year. BCE years are shown as a positive number. Use e or E to add the era. “1999”, “2010”, “313”
z Day of the year, i.e. 1 to 366. “361”

To construct a date in a template, the filter also accepts Erlang lists as input, so the following will work:

{{ [1990,10,10]|date:"j F Y" }}

Will output 10 October 1990. This also works with datetimes:

{{ [[1990,10,10],[10,11,12]]|date:"j F Y - H:i:s" }}

Will output 10 October 1990 - 10:11:12.