I'm confused. I'm using a Global: PHP field inside a view to tweak the output of the row based on the date value of a certain field.

print (strtotime((string)$row->field_date));

Doesn't seem to return anything.

print $row->field_date;

Returns "Tuesday, December 1, 2015"

print strtotime('Tuesday, December 1, 2015');

Returns 1448956800

I've tried converting the $row object to an array just for fun with get_object_vars($row) but that didn't work either.

In my case I expect that print (strtotime((string)$row->field_date)); returns the value (unix timestamp) 1448956800.

  • and the desired output is? Dec 2, 2015 at 15:08
  • I'd expect print (strtotime((string)$row->field_date)); to print a unix timestamp like 1448956800. That is what I desire. Dec 2, 2015 at 16:17

1 Answer 1


$row->field_date contains markup, not just the date/string value hence strtotime() won't/can't return a valid unix timestamp. To fix, try using strip_tags() around the returned value of $row->field_date like:


or use "Strip HTML tags" option checkbox under "Rewrite Results" in the "Configure field" dialog.

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    – digital
    Dec 2, 2015 at 17:09
  • @digital Have another look, this does appear to answer the question
    – Clive
    Dec 2, 2015 at 17:34
  • I've added more detail. I did feel that I was clearly answering the question. Dec 2, 2015 at 17:36

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