Template:Format date

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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 {{Dts}} instead.


  • {{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)


  • {{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.


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

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

See also

  • {{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}})