How can I print a custom date format in Twig? First of all my I am trying to edit the field.html.twig of the field called field_publication_date, in that file I find this variable {{ item.content }} which prints Jun, 12/06/2016 - 12:29.

This is what I have tried: {{ item.content.field_publication_date|format_date('M') }}

8 Answers 8


Try to use this -

{{ item.content.field_publication_date|date("M") }}

But, I think you will get your solution in

{{ item.content|date("M") }}

Where item.content contains the date string inside field--node--field-publication-date.html.twig.

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    format_date should be the function, referencing a date format from Drupal
    – Kevin
    Jan 17, 2017 at 17:33
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    Got referenced from here- twig.sensiolabs.org/doc/2.x/filters/date.html Jan 17, 2017 at 17:34
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    Thank you. The first option worked for me {{ item.content.field_publication_date|date("M") }} Jan 17, 2017 at 17:51
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    If it is a date field, why aren't field formatter settings sufficient? Also if it is a timestamp, format_date is a Drupal twig filter you can pass custom date formats to: drupal.org/docs/8/theming/twig/…
    – Kevin
    Jan 17, 2017 at 17:58
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    @kevin I pretended to use display suite and by token show the dates in different divs. But somehow the custom date didn't work for me. Jan 17, 2017 at 19:02

First, create the custom date format my_custom_date_format in the configuration section of the drupal admin.

Second, use the format_date Twig filter, like here:

{{ node.created.value|format_date('my_custom_date_format') }}

It might be necessary to convert the date to a unix timestamp, first. That will look like this:

{{ node.my_date_field.value|date('U')|format_date('my_custom_date_format') }}
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    The second code example didn't work for me, since "value" on the content array (content.field_date.value) was null. I suspect it shows up or not based on the display formatter used for that field. I had to use node.field_date.value|date('U') instead.
    – George
    Mar 13, 2018 at 23:50
  • @George is right, the .value key is usually only available for fields from entities like node, user or paragraph, but not within render arrays (content). I edited the 2nd example to use the node variable
    – Hudri
    Jan 7, 2020 at 15:04

The \Drupal\datetime\Plugin\Field\FieldType\DateTimeItem has a value and a date property. The value is UTC and the date is computed. Use the date property to avoid having to deal with the timezone, and you can use a created format or a custom one:

{{ node.field_publication_date.date|format_date('custom', 'F j, Y') }}

Date format in Drupal:

{{ node.field_publication_date.date|format_date('my_custom_date_format') }}

  • Here's what worked for me: {{ node.field_event_date.date|date('U')|format_date('custom', 'F j, Y') }}
    – arnoldbird
    Mar 27, 2019 at 16:07
  • Hi @arnoldbird, can you explain me what date('U') does ? Mar 4, 2020 at 5:17
  • @AmanDevrath is for Unix Time Stamp Sep 29, 2021 at 17:31

None of the above answers worked when setting a datetime attribute on a time element. the closest was @Marcos Buarque's answer.

Instead of a formatted date, the rendered output would either print the unix timestamp or a wrongly-formatted date like "2020-09-03ADT00:00:00".

In order to get the proper format for a full date time, I couldn't use Y-m-d\TH:i:s or Y-m-dTH:i:s. I needed to split the format into two variables. This is probably some quirk with format_date and twig.

{% set htmlDate = node.getCreatedTime|format_date('custom', 'Y-m-d') %}
{% set htmlTime = node.getCreatedTime|format_date('custom', 'H:i:s') %}
<time datetime="{{ htmlDate }}T{{ htmlTime }}">{{ date }}</time>
  • This one worked perfectly!
    – xstean
    Oct 21, 2020 at 20:18

I know this question refers specifically to formatting the value of a given date field, but I needed to format the date the node was created. In case you need that, this is what works for me (after trying several different options):

{{ node.getCreatedTime|format_date('medium') }}

This is where I got this solution from: https://www.drupal.org/forum/support/theme-development/2016-02-17/how-to-get-formatted-node-creation-date-in-d8#comment-10865464


This worked for me. The date value with twig's own date() format function:

{{ content.field_arrival_date.value | date("Y/m/d") }}

To convert from a DateTime string (e.g. 2022-03-03T01:53:06) in UTC to the current timezone, I had to use:

{{ (datetimeStr ~ '+00:00')|date('U')|format_date('medium') }}

You can modify your Authored on date format in your custom node twig

{{ item.content|date("F j, Y") }}

You will get the result like this January 30, 2023

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