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A Javascript datetime library that allows you to manipulate date/times using PHP date-time formats in javascript. This library was built with an intention
to read and write date/timestamps to the database easily when working with PHP server code. Use cases for this library would involve reading and saving a
timestamp to database in one format, but displaying it on client or html forms in another format. Maintaining a consistent PHP Date time format for both
server side and client side validation should help in building extensible applications with various PHP frameworks easily.

This library is a standalone javascript library and does not depend on other libraries or plugins like jQuery.

The latest release of the library is v1.3.6. Check the CHANGE LOG for details.


  • Parse date/time strings or a Date object, and convert it into Javascript Date Object by passing any of the PHP DateTime formats.
  • Automatically guess date/time strings, even if it does not exactly match the format, and convert it into Javascript Date Object.
  • Read date/time strings or a Date object, and format it as per a PHP DateTime format.
  • With release v1.3.2 the library has been converted to use pure javacript code without dependency on jQuery or other third party JS library.

Documentation and Demo

View the library documentation and
library demos at Krajee JQuery plugins.


Using Bower

You can use the bower package manager to install. Run:

bower install php-date-formatter

Using Composer

You can use the composer package manager to install. Either run:

$ php composer.phar require kartik-v/php-date-formatter "@dev"

or add:

"kartik-v/php-date-formatter": "@dev"

to your composer.json file

Manual Install

You can also manually install the plugin easily to your project. Just download the source
ZIP or
TAR ball and extract the
plugin assets (css and js folders) into your project.


Step 1 Load the following assets in your header.

<script src="path/to/js/php-date-formatter.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Step 2 You can now access the library using the DateFormatter object. For example, you can convert any date string to javascript date object for a specific PHP date format.

var fmt = new DateFormatter();
var date1 = fmt.parseDate('23-Sep-2013 09:24:12', 'd-M-Y H:i:s');
var date2 = fmt.formatDate(date1, 'd-F-Y h:i:s A');


php-date-formatter is released under the BSD 3-Clause License. See the bundled for details.

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