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monster.util.toFriendlyDate(date, format[, user, isGregorian, timezone]);


Key Description Type Default Required
date A Date instance, Gregorian or Unix timestamp representing the date to format. Date, Number true
format String(#format) dateTime false
user Specific user to get the format settings from. Object monster.apps.auth.currentUser false
isGregorian Indicates whether or not a Gregorian or Unix timestamp is expected (overridden if date is of type Date). Boolean true false
timezone Specific timezone identifier to use for the formatting. String monster.apps.auth.currentUser.timezone false


Shortcuts corresponding to pre-sets of Moment.js date and time tokens:

  • calendarDate:MMMM DD, YYYY
  • date: MM/DD/YYYY
  • dateTime: MM/DD/YYYY - hh:mm:ss
  • shortDate: MM/DD/YY
  • shortDateTime: MM/DD/YY - hh:mm
  • shortTime: hh:mm
  • time: hh:mm:ss

Note: Date tokens order (M/D/Y, D/M/Y or Y/M/D) and time format(12h or 24h) will be automatically set according to the user's preferences.

Return value#

A String representation of a date.


This method formats a Gregorian/Unix timestamp or a Date instance into a string representation of the corresponding date. The format of this representation can be customized by specifying the format parameter.

By default, the timezone of the specified or logged in user will be used to format the date. If that timezone is not set, then the account timezone will be used. If not set, the browser's timezone will be used as a last resort.


Create a friendly date#

var date = new Date(2000, 0, 1, 14, 10, 0);

// let's assume our currently logged in user has set their time and date display
// settings to Day/Month/Year and 24 hour mode

// output: "01/01/2000 - 14:10:00"

Create a friendly date with custom formats#

var date = new Date(2000, 0, 1, 14, 10, 0);

monster.util.toFriendlyDate(date, 'shortDate');
// output: "01/01/00"

monster.util.toFriendlyDate(date, 'time');
// output: "14:10:00"

var gregorian = monster.util.dateToGregorian(date);

// output: "01/01/2000 - 14:10:00"