Method

 dateFormat a date and returns a format that you are accustomed or want to use.

Description

Minimum number of arguments for this method is one, the date. You can enter a date Field Alias if you want to manipulate date from a field or a function or a string.

You can also add the format you want the date to show and convert date between time zones. You can use many options that best fit how you want the date to look like.

Structure of the method:

date('date string', 'format', 'To Timezone', 'From Timezone')

You can enter field values that are datetime or functions. You can compare between dates and create logic in your templates. The date printed will be in UTC if you don’t use To and From timezone arguments. If you want to convert to your time zone use the To and From timezones.

Parameters

date — String date that you may get from Field Alias like lead.date_added or from functions like now

format — The desired date format. There are many options you can use as this supports all the php date time formats.

To Timezone — Timezone you want to convert to like Europe/San_Marino

From Timezone — If this parameter is not set, it will convert from the UTC by default

Examples

Suppose you have a service with a trial period and you wish to check in an email template if their trial has ended you notify them with an email.

Suppose you have a lead added on the following date: Date Added: Apr 4, 15:23

The following characters are recognized in the format parameter string
Format Description Example returned values
Day
d Day of the month, 2 digits with leading zeros 01 to 31
D A textual representation of a day, three letters Mon through Sun
j Day of the month without leading zeros 1 to 31
l (lowercase ‘L’) A full textual representation of the day of the week Sunday through Saturday
N ISO-8601 numeric representation of the day of the week (added in
PHP 5.1.0)
1 (for Monday) through 7 (for Sunday)
S English ordinal suffix for the day of the month, 2 characters st, nd, rd or
th. Works well with j
w Numeric representation of the day of the week 0 (for Sunday) through 6 (for Saturday)
z The day of the year (starting from 0) 0 through 365
Week
W ISO-8601 week number of year, weeks starting on Monday Example: 42 (the 42nd week in the year)
Month
F A full textual representation of a month, such as January or March January through December
m Numeric representation of a month, with leading zeros 01 through 12
M A short textual representation of a month, three letters Jan through Dec
n Numeric representation of a month, without leading zeros 1 through 12
t Number of days in the given month 28 through 31
Year
L Whether it’s a leap year 1 if it is a leap year, 0 otherwise.
o ISO-8601 week-numbering year. This has the same value as
Y, except that if the ISO week number
(W) belongs to the previous or next year, that year
is used instead.
Examples: 1999 or 2003
Y A full numeric representation of a year, 4 digits Examples: 1999 or 2003
y A two digit representation of a year Examples: 99 or 03
Time
a Lowercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiem am or pm
A Uppercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiem AM or PM
B Swatch Internet time 000 through 999
g 12-hour format of an hour without leading zeros 1 through 12
G 24-hour format of an hour without leading zeros 0 through 23
h 12-hour format of an hour with leading zeros 01 through 12
H 24-hour format of an hour with leading zeros 00 through 23
i Minutes with leading zeros 00 to 59
s Seconds, with leading zeros 00 through 59
Timezone
e Timezone identifier (added in PHP 5.1.0) Examples: UTC, GMT, Atlantic/Azores
I (capital i) Whether or not the date is in daylight saving time 1 if Daylight Saving Time, 0 otherwise.
O Difference to Greenwich time (GMT) in hours Example: +0200
P Difference to Greenwich time (GMT) with colon between hours and minutes Example: +02:00
T Timezone abbreviation Examples: EST, MDT
Z Timezone offset in seconds. The offset for timezones west of UTC is always
negative, and for those east of UTC is always positive.
-43200 through 50400

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