Date Formatter

Aside from formatting a Date object to a string, the Date Formatter allows us to keep our date formats consistent across our site.

To avoid specifying the format when formatting the date you can use one of the formats provided by default or provide your own in the date.format config file.

Additionally it is possible to provide internationalization ( i18n ) for month and day names using config files with pattern: date/{language}.

If the i18n is not specified, or the config file for selected language does not exist or is invalid the default month and day names will be used and they are:

dayNamesShort: [
    'Sun', 'Mon', 'Tue', 'Wed', 'Thu', 'Fri', 'Sat'
dayNamesLong: [
    'Sunday', 'Monday', 'Tuesday', 'Wednesday', 'Thursday', 'Friday', 'Saturday'
monthNamesShort: [
    'Jan', 'Feb', 'Mar', 'Apr', 'May', 'Jun', 'Jul', 'Aug', 'Sep', 'Oct', 'Nov', 'Dec'
monthNamesLong: [
    'January', 'February', 'March', 'April', 'May', 'June',
    'July', 'August', 'September', 'October', 'November', 'December'

The algorithm used by the Date Formatter is specified here.


The Date Formatter can be used like so:

dateFormatter.formatDate(date, mask, i18n, utc);

The date can be either a Date object, a string representing a date or the number of milliseconds since 1 January, 1970 UTC. If date is null or undefined then the current time is used.

The mask can either be a date format or one of the predefined date formats.

The i18n can either be the i18n specification or the language, based on which to load config.

The utc specifies whether to format the date as UTC or not.


dateFormatter.formatDate(null, 'longDate');
dateFormatter.formatDate(date, 'longDate');
dateFormatter.formatDate(date, 'mmmm d, yyyy');
dateFormatter.formatDate('2020 Jun 26');
dateFormatter.formatDate('2020 Jun 26', 'longDate');
dateFormatter.formatDate(1530454257058, 'longDate');
dateFormatter.formatDate(date, 'longDate', 'fr');
dateFormatter.formatDate(date, 'longDate', 'french');

Handlebars helper

You can specify the formatDate handlebars helper like so:

export class DateHelper implements IHandlebarsHelper
    protected dateFormatter: IDateFormatter;

    public handle(context, date, format): string
        return this.dateFormatter.formatDate(date, format);

And use it like so:

{{formatDate date 'longDate'}}

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