I have a content type with two "date and time" fields, configured to display in "22 November 2012 5:19pm" format:

date fields in Drupal

On the item itself, the start and end dates are both set to include times:

saved start and end date in Drupal

In my node.tpl.php, I output the two fields:

print drupal_render(field_view_field('node', $node, 'field_date'));
print drupal_render(field_view_field('node', $node, 'field_end_datetime'));

However, the two fields are displayed without the time:

Start Date and Time: 02 December 2012

End Date and Time: 02 December 2012

How do I output these two fields using my custom date format?

4 Answers 4


In the node template you should be able to output your dates with your selected format by doing:

print render($content['field_date']);
print render($content['field_end_datetime']);

If you use field_view_field for formatting date, pass $display parameter as defined below:

$display = array('settings' => array('format_type' => 'medium'));
$output = field_view_field('node', $node, 'field_date_time', $display);

format_type - is any valid date-time format name, defined in admin/config/regional/date-time of your drupal site.

  • I wonder how to strip all rendering html and label, just showing plain output only.
    – Adamtan
    Dec 26, 2014 at 4:23

You may need to use field_view_value() to just show the formatted value.

Similar question which may be of use here:

How do I render a field value including its format?

  • Hi Kate: I tried $fields = field_get_items('node', $node, 'field_date'); $output = field_view_value('node', $node, 'field_date', $fields[0]); print render($output);, but that prints the same string as before (missing the time), just also missing the label.
    – George
    Nov 22, 2012 at 8:09

I used this to create and render the date without a label.

$display = array('settings' => array('format_type' => 'medium'),'label'=>'hidden');
$output = field_view_field('node', $node, 'field_date', $display);
print render($output);

Then you can subsitute the machine name for your custom date format where it says 'medium'.

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