I have a field called birthday that is defined for users. In views, is there any way to create a filter that filters only by month? Smallest values it lets me select is year and month where I only need month. (to find users who are born in April for example). Thanks for any help.

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If you are using the date module, then you can set the granularity to month in the date filter settings.

Then, you can configure the filter like so Operator: "is equal to" and Date: "this month".

If you don't see these filter settings, you would have to enable the date_views module.

  • I have set the granularity to only month, but on the configure screen, it forces me to select a year too. See the screen shot please.
    – farjam
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 16:08
  • @farjam You need to change the select a date (from your screenshot) to Enter a relative date. Then enter a relative date in the relative date field. e.g. this month, eighth month etc. See php.net/manual/en/datetime.formats.relative.php
    – Vergil K
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 16:25
  • Thanks for the help, but in the actual filter that produces (when I set it to exposed), it defaults to current month, but still shows year too. My goal is for an admin to go to that view, select a month, and be able to view all users who were born in that month. He can then switch to another month and view users born in the other month.
    – farjam
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 16:56
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    @farjam In that case these links below may help you display only month in the exposed filter: link1 link2
    – Vergil K
    Commented Apr 4, 2016 at 17:52

Here is what I ended up doing:

 * Impliments hook_form_views_exposed_form_alter
 * Used to change exposed date filter to month only, as this is not available in the views UI
function MODULENAME_form_views_exposed_form_alter(&$form, $form_state) {
  if( $form['#id'] == 'form_id') {
    // Switch date formatter to month only
    $form['field_date']['value']['#date_format'] = 'm';
    // Add extra validator to handle filter submit
    $form['#validate'][] = 'MODULENAME_views_exposed_form_validate';
 * Custom validator for exposed date filter
function MODULENAME_views_exposed_form_validate(&$form, &$form_state) {
  $handlers = &$form_state['view']->filter;
  foreach ($handlers as $key => $handler) {
    if (!empty($handler->options['exposed'])
     && isset($form[$key]['value']['#type'])
     && $form[$key]['value']['#type'] == 'date_select'
     && $form[$key]['value']['#date_format'] == 'm'){
      $handler->options['granularity'] = 'month';
      $handler->format = 'm';

If you do not want to use a hook you can do it with a more simple solution (works for D7, D8, D9).

  1. Add the month field to your view.
  2. Use the custom php format date that you need for exposing the month custom php format for month
  3. On the FILTER CRITERIA add and expose Global: Combine fields filter for the month and group them combine filter for month
  4. Hide the month field from the results using CSS (adding a class for hide)
  5. Repeat the 1-4 steps for the year field

It takes a little longer to set up, this might work better for the month than the year field since month are always the same, but years might need to be updated manually (adding years) [![enter image description here][3]][3]

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