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Display date and time in your own language format

Tutorial created by Rune Brynestad, Totalweb AS

Categories: PHP


How to display date and time in your own language format using setlocale() and strftime().

arrow downDefinition and Usage

The setlocale() function sets locale information.
Locale information is language, monetary, time and other information specific for a geographical area.
Note: The setlocale() function changes the locale only for the current script.
Find your Language and Locale code:

The strftime() function formats a local time and/or date according to locale settings.
See for more information

arrow downSo how can you add your own language ?

You need to use setlocale() and strftime(). If you use the setlocale function properly, the strftime function will give you the result in your own language.

<?php setlocale (LC_TIME, "no_NO"); ?>
<?php echo strftime("%A"); ?>

This will return "Fredag" (Norwegian for the day Friday)

strftime has an optional second parameter, a timestamp that specifies the date / time you want to format.
The example above have no second parameter. Then the default date / time is now.

If you format the date field in your SQL query as timestamp, then you can add your date field to the second parameter in the strftime function.

<?php setlocale(LC_TIME, "no_NO"); ?>
<?php echo strftime('%e', strtotime($row_Recordset['Yourdate'])); ?>. <?php echo strftime('%B', strtotime($row_Recordset['Yourdate'])); ?> <?php echo date("Y", strtotime($row_Recordset['Yourdate'])); ?>

This will return
4. mars 2013 (norwegian) instead of 04. March 2013 (english default)

You can also use the same approach if you want to change time from 5 to 17:00 (12 to 24 hours)

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info4753: 11 Years, 1 Month, 1 Week, 2 Days, 7 Hours, 41 Minutes ago

I'd like to see a language package with DataBridge. This would save an enormous amount of time.

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