Template:Format date

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Usage[change source]

This template ({{Format date}}) returns a date, or date-time, without the hidden version for use in microformats. This template is probably best used internally in other templates.

If you need the microformat support, use template {{Start date}} instead.

If you want sortable dates for a table, use {{Date table sorting}} instead.

Syntax[change source]

  • {{Format date|year|month|day}}
  • {{Format date|year|month|day|HH|MM|SS|TimeZone}} (MM and SS are optional; TimeZone may be a numerical value, or "Z" for UTC; see examples)

Examples:

  • {{Format date|1993}} returns "1993"
  • {{Format date|1993|02}} returns "February 1993"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24}} returns "February 24, 1993"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|30}} returns "08:30, February 24, 1993"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|||+01:00}} returns "February 24, 1993 (+01:00)"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|||-07:00}} returns "February 24, 1993 (-07:00)"
    {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|30|23}} returns "08:30:23, February 24, 1993"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|30|23|Z}} returns "08:30:23, February 24, 1993 (UTC)"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|30|23|+01:00}} returns "08:30:23, February 24, 1993 (+01:00)"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|30|23|-07:00}} returns "08:30:23, February 24, 1993 (-07:00)"

An optional parameter, df, can be set to "y" or "yes" (or indeed any value) to display the day before the month. This is primarily used in articles about events in parts of the world where the day precedes the month in a date.

Examples:

  • {{Format date|1993|02|24}} returns "24 February 1993"
  • {{Format date|1993|02|24|08|30}} returns "08:30, 24 February 1993"

Note: The template will appear broken when the parameters are left blank (as seen hereinbefore).

See also[change source]

  • {{Date}} (an alternative to this template, using a different syntax)
  • {{Start date}} (using the same syntax, but with the support for microformats)
  • {{Start-date}} (an alternative to the template {{Start date}})
  • {{Format time}} for formatting times only
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Multiple units of time[change source]

Type Adjustable Current Last Next
Date and Time {{time}} {{Currentdate}} (MDY)
{{Plain now}} (DMY)
{{Now}} (DMY in a complete sentence)
Date Only {{Dateonly}}
{{Datedow}}
(Has the day of the week)
{{Date}} (Chose format)
{{DATE}} (prefixed by date=)
{{TODAY}} (DMY)
{{Yesterday}}
{{Day-1}}
{{Tomorrow}}
{{Day+1}}
Time only {{Timeonly}} {{CURRENTTIME}} (12 h format)
{{CURRENTTIME24}} (24 h format)
Banners {{Right now}}
(Blue with time and number of Wikipedia articles)
{{Right now (User message)}}
(Orange with time and number of Wikipedia articles
Timestamp {{Timestamp}}
(Format YYYYMMDDhhmmss)

Single units of time[change source]

Unit of time Adjustable Current Last Next
SECOND {{CURRENTSECOND}}
MINUTE {{CURRENTMINUTE}}
HOUR {{Currenthour}} {{Hour-1}} {{Hour+1}}
WEEK {{CURRENTWEEKOFYEAR}}
{{CURRENTWEEKOFMONTH}}
Day of Week {{Dow}} {{CURRENTWEEKDAYNAME}}
{{CURRENTWEEKDAYABBREV}}
{{CURRENTWEEKDAY}}
{{LASTWEEKDAYNAME}}
{{LASTWEEKDAYABBREV}}
{{NEXTWEEKDAYNAME}}
{{NEXTWEEKDAYABBREV}}
MONTH {{MONTHNAME}}
{{MONTHABBREV}}
{{MONTHNUMBER}}
{{MONTH}} (zero padded)
{{Currentmonth}}
{{CURRENTMONTHABBREV}}
{{CURRENTMONTHNUMBER}}
{{CURRENTMONTHDAYS}}
{{LASTMONTH}}
(Can make not zero-padded)
{{LASTMONTHNAME}}
{{LASTMONTHABBR}}
{{NEXTMONTH}}
(Can make not zero-padded)
{{NEXTMONTHNAME}}
{{NEXTMONTHABBR}}
Day of Month {{Currentday}}
YEAR {{CURRENTYEARCC}}
{{CURRENTYEARYY}}
{{CURRENTISOYEAR}}
{{CURRENTYEAR}}
{{LASTYEAR}} {{NEXTYEAR}}
Day of Year {{CURRENTDAYOFYEAR}}
DECADE {{DECADE}} {{CURRENTDECADE}} {{LASTDECADE}} {{NEXTDECADE}}
CENTURY {{CENTURY}} {{CURRENTCENTURY}} {{LASTCENTURY}} {{NEXTCENTURY}}
MILLENNIUM {{MILLENNIUM}} {{Currentmillennium}}

Date and time Templates made for substitution:[change source]

Month:
{{Lmonth}} produces Jun
{{Nmonth}} produces Aug
{{LastMonth}} produces June 2021
{{NextMonth}} produces August 2021


Individual Templates[change source]

Categories of Templates[change source]

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Template parameters

ParameterDescriptionTypeStatus
Year1 year

The year to render in the date

Example
1997
Auto value
Numbersuggested
Month2 month

The month to render in the date

Example
January
Auto value
Stringsuggested
Day3 day

The day of the month to format in the date

Example
20
Auto value
Stringsuggested
Hour (HH)4 hour hh

the hour to format in the date (if desired)

Example
03
Auto value
Stringoptional
Minute (MM)5 minute mm

The minute to format in the date (if desired)

Example
21
Stringoptional
Second (SS)6 second ss sec

The second to format in the date (if desired)

Example
10
Auto value
Stringoptional
Time zone7 timezone TimeZone tz

A numerical offset from UTC, or 'Z'

Example
+5
Stringoptional
Day first?df dayfirst

If 'y' or 'yes', displays the day before the month

Stringoptional
Time joinertime_joiner

if included, replaces comma in "<time>, <date>" with the value given

Example
on
Stringoptional
Hour formathour_format

Formats hours and whether to render AM/PM or a.m./p.m.

Example
g (7 ... p.m.), G (07 ... PM), h (19), or H (19)
Stringoptional