date_format()

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Published May 23, 2022Updated Apr 4, 2023
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The date_format() function takes a DateTime object and a format string and returns a string based on the formatted value.

Syntax

$datestring = date_format($object, $format);

The $object parameter is a DateTime object as returned by date_create(). And the $format parameter is a format string that can use the following characters:

Character Description
d Two digit day of the month with leading zero
D Three character abbreviation of day of the week
j Day of the month without leading zeros
l Full name of day of the week
N ISO 8601 number of day of the week (1 - 7 starting on Monday)
S Numeric suffix for day of the month (“st”, “nd”, “rd”, “th”)
w Number of day of the week (0 - 6 starting on Sunday)
z Zero-based day of the year
W ISO 8601 week of the year, weeks starting on Monday
F Full name of month
m Two digit number of month with leading zeros
M Three character abbreviation of month name
n Number of month without leading zeros
t Number of days in the given month
L 1 for a leap year, 0 otherwise
o ISO 8601 week-numbering year. Four digit year containing the current ISO 8601 week
Y Four digit year
y Two digit year
a AM/PM lower case
A AM/PM upper case
g Hour on 12 hour clock without leading zeros
G Hour on 24 hour clock without leading zeros
h Hour on 12 hour clock with leading zeros
H Hour on 24 hour clock with leading zeros
i Minutes with leading zeros
s Seconds with leading zeros
e Timezone identifier
I 1 if date is in Daylight Savings Time, 0 otherwise
O Difference to GMT without colon
P Difference to GMT with colon
c Full ISO 8601 date
r RFC 2822 formatted date
U Seconds since the Unix Epoch (Midnight GMT January 1, 1970)

Codebyte Example

The example below creates a DateTime object, then prints the date with a format string.

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