$datetime API variable / WireDateTime class

The $datetime API variable provides helpers for working with dates/times and conversion between formats.

Click any linked item for full usage details and examples. Hookable methods are indicated with the icon. In addition to those shown below, the WireDateTime class also inherits all the methods and properties of: Wire.

Show $var?             Show args?        

Common

NameReturnSummary 
$datetime->date()
string boolFormat a date, using PHP date(), strftime() or other special strings (see arguments). 
$datetime->elapsedTimeStr($start)
stringRender an elapsed time string 
$datetime->relativeTimeStr($ts)
stringGiven a unix timestamp (or date string), returns a formatted string indicating the time relative to now
$datetime->stringToTimestamp(string $str, string $format)
intGiven a date/time string and expected format, convert it to a unix timestamp 
$datetime->strtotime(string $str)
false int nullParse about any English textual datetime description into a Unix timestamp using PHP’s strtotime() 

Advanced

NameReturnSummary 
$datetime->convertDateFormat(string $format, string $type)
stringGiven a PHP date() format, convert it to either 'js', 'strftime' or 'regex' format 
$datetime->getDateFormats()
arrayReturn all predefined PHP date() formats for use as dates 
$datetime->getTimeFormats()
arrayReturn all predefined PHP date() formats for use as times 

Additional methods and properties

In addition to the methods and properties above, WireDateTime also inherits the methods and properties of these classes:

API reference based on ProcessWire core version 3.0.178

Twitter updates

  • Today a new version of FormBuilder has been released in the FormBuilder support board (our 50th version) and it has a lot of interesting new features, which we’ll take a closer look at in this post— More
    11 June 2021
  • ProcessWire 3.0.179 adds great new admin theme customization tools that put you in full control over the Uikit admin styles— More
    28 May 2021
  • ProcessWire updates for week of 21 May 2021— More
    22 May 2021

Latest news

  • ProcessWire Weekly #369
    In the 369th issue of ProcessWire Weekly we're going to check out the latest core updates, showcase some recent forum highlights and tutorials, and more. Read on!
    Weekly.pw / 5 June 2021
  • ProcessWire FormBuilder v50 updates
    Today a new version of FormBuilder has been released in the FormBuilder support board (our 50th version) and it has a lot of interesting new features, which we'll take a closer look at in this post.
    Blog / 11 June 2021
  • Subscribe to weekly ProcessWire news

“ProcessWire is like a breath of fresh air. So powerful yet simple to build with and customise, and web editors love it too.” —Margaret Chatwin, Web developer