Date Fieldtype

Work with dates, times, and ranges with a variety of user interface options that make you really enjoy basically just picking numbers from a table.

date.png Fieldtype UI
Behold! The Date Fieldtype!


Date fields have highly configurable user interfaces. They can be as simple as a single date and/or time, or as fancy as a multi-month calendar with multi-day range picking. Be sure to experiment with the various config options to create the best experience for your content authors.

Data Structure

Single dates are stored as a date/timestring. Ranges are stored as an array with a start and end key.

date: 1983-10-01
date_with_time: 1983-10-01 12:00:00
  start: 2019-11-18
  end: 2019-11-22


Date fields are augmented to return a Carbon instance. When used as a string they will return a pre-formatting output that uses your format setting. By default that’ll look like January 1, 2020.

Date Ranges

Ranges have nested start and end variables, so you can access them like this:

// Nested variable
Event: {{ date:start }} through {{ date:end }}

// Tag pair
{{ date }}
Event: {{ start }} through {{ end }}
{{ /date }}
Date fieldtype in range mode
Ranges are much simpler than two date fields.

Formatting Dates

You can format the output of your date fields with the format modifier and PHP’s date formatting options.

{{ date format="Y" }} // 2019
{{ date format="Y-m-d" }} // 2019-10-10
{{ date format="l, F jS" }} // Sunday, January 21st

Formatting localized Dates

You can format localized dates with the iso modifier and ISO formatting options. This use Carbon’s inner translations rather than language packages you need to install on every machine where you deploy your application.

{{ date iso_format="YYYY" }} // 2019
{{ date iso_format="YYYY-MM-DD" }} // 2019-10-10
{{ date iso_format="dddd, MMMM Mo" }} // Sunday, January 21st

Config Options

columns integer

Show multiple months at one time, in columns and rows. Default: 1.

earliest_date string

Set the earliest selectable date in YYYY-MM-DD format. Default: 1900-01-01.

format string

How the date should be stored, using the PHP date format

full_width boolean

Enable to stretch the calendar out like Stretch Armstrong, using the maximum amount of available horizontal space. Default: false.

inline boolean

Always show the calendar instead of the text input and dropdown UI. Default: false.

mode string

Choose between single or range. Range mode disables the time picker. Default: single.

rows integer

Show multiple months at one time, in columns and rows. Default: 1.

time_enabled boolean

Enable/disable the timepicker. Default: false.

Date fieldtype with time enabled
Now you can pick a time, too!

time_required boolean

Makes the time field visible and non-dismissible. Default: false.

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