How do I change date format in View Exposed Date filter? By default it's in d/m/Y format, I want to make it Y.m.d format, without changing the query parameter date format (Y-m-d). enter image description here

Any suggestion, how can I achieve this?

  • Are you using Date popup or some similar module that changes Exposed Date fields?
    – prkos
    Commented Jun 16, 2018 at 2:03
  • Yes, I am using Date Popup module. But There is no option to change date format in Date Popup. Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 6:17
  • There is no configuration for Date Popup module, as you said. Maybe adding multilingual features to choose different format for different languages would be a good idea. Will you submit it? drupal.org/project/issues/…
    – prkos
    Commented Jun 18, 2018 at 17:14
  • This depends on the language defined by the user for her.his operating system. Some websites bypass this by splitting the field in 3 separated fields. E.g. Yahoo subscribe form goo.gl/qv7QFn Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 7:26

4 Answers 4


To make it easy let's disable Drupal datepicker and make it with javascript.

First disable jquery ui datepicker from exposed filter (like picture below) enter image description here

Then create a module with libraries in file my_module.libraries.yml like below

  version: 1.x
    https://code.jquery.com/ui/1.12.0/jquery-ui.min.js: { type: external, minified: true }
    js/datepicker.js: {}

And in our my_module.module let's alter the exposed form and add line below :

  function my_module_form_alter(&$form, \Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface $form_state, $form_id){
     if ($form_id == 'views_exposed_form') {
      $form['field_date_value']['#type'] = 'textfield';
      $form['field_date_value']['#attributes']['class'][] = 'datepicker-text';
      $form['field_date_value']['#attributes']['placeholder'] = 'yyyy-dd-mm';
      $form['#attached']['library'][] = 'd8/d8_datepicker';
      $form['#validate'][] = 'my_exposed_validate';

In our validate form function we will change date from our custom format to format needed by drupal :

function my_exposed_validate(&$form, \Drupal\Core\Form\FormStateInterface $form_state) {
  if(!empty($form['field_date_value']['#value'])) {
    $dt = date_create_from_format('Y-d-m', $form['field_date_value']['#value']);
    if($dt!==FALSE) {
      $value = $dt->format("Y-m-d");
      $form_state->setValue('field_date_value', $value);

And finaly in our file datepicker.js add this line :

(function($) {
    $('.datepicker-text').datepicker({ dateFormat: 'yy-dd-mm' });

Hope this helpful and if you wan't to go further, alter a form validation to check if the format sended is date or not ;)

  • Awesome It is working as expected, Only one issue "Query Parameter date format " is also changing from "Y-m-d" to "Y.m.d". So my views stop working, how can I fix this, Any Idea? Commented Jul 17, 2018 at 11:33
  • @visabhishek I edit my comment Commented Jul 18, 2018 at 16:04
  • 1
    Regarding the library definition, instead of loading the jquery UI js file, consider using the existing dependency: dependencies: - core/jquery.ui.datepicker
    – user20765
    Commented Jan 16, 2020 at 11:45

In Drupal 8, Better Exposed Filter - To change the date format in jQuery Calender,use the following,

In custom module -

function MODULE_NAME_js_alter(&$js) {
  $js['settings']['data'][] = array('better_exposed_filters'=> array('bef_dateformat'=>'dd/mm/yy'));

In Js -

$('.bef-datepicker').datepicker({ dateFormat: 'dd/mm/yy' });

Drupal 8 uses html5 date fields and can have custom (browser) settings. The format you see is 'dd/mm/yyyy'. Users surfing with Chrome using default language will see 'mm/dd/yyyy'. The advantage here is that the browser uses their default pop-up for date fields and you do not have to add them yourself.
So in order to achieve what you want, you would have to do something custom, this could help as a starter http://form.guide/html5/html-input-type-date-format.html.
Keep in mind that date fields have validators that expect the HTML5 format on the backend.


I'm expanding on Wasim Khan's response, as it worked well for me. First, the Better Exposed Filters module needs to be enabled, and the exposed form display needs to be set as BEF rather than the default. Then the following can be done for the field:

function MODULE_NAME_js_alter(&$js) {
  if (isset($js['settings']['data']['better_exposed_filters'])) {
    $js['settings']['data']['better_exposed_filters']['bef_dateformat'] = 'yy/mm/dd'

Note that yy expands to a 4-digit year, so if you put yyyy it will use the 4-digit year twice, like 20222022. Therefor yy is what you will want, whichever location in the date you put it.

Then you can add the following JS script in a library:

(function ($, Drupal) {

  "use strict";

  function befDateFilterWatcher(context) {
    $(context).find('.bef-datepicker').once('bef-date-filter-watcher').each(function () {
      $(this).datepicker({ dateFormat: 'yy/mm/dd' });

  Drupal.behaviors.customModuleBefFilterFormat = {
    attach: function (context) {

}(jQuery, Drupal));

And make sure to declare dependencies on core/jquery and core/once for the JS library this is attached to.

As an added benefit for the UX, you can edit the BEF settings for any fields and add YYYY/MM/DD as a placeholder for the field, letting users understand the expected format.

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.