I have installed the Date Module and added a date field to one of my content types, the widget I'm using is Popup Calendar. The problem I'm facing is that when I choose a date it seems to get stored and displayed correctly in the administration, but at the frontend the date is shown with two hours added to it.

For example if I set the fields value to 2014-12-12 10:00:00 its displayed as 2014-12-12 12:00:00 when I'm visiting a frontend page.

Like some of the comments have pointed out this might be because the frontend is displaying a visitors local time, but still I don't get why the time differance is two hours, when the differance between Findland and Sweden is only one hour.

I guess this has do do with some Regional settings or similar.

  • Are you using any time format to display time in front end. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 9:59
  • How do you mean? I'm just use node_load() in a template and then using print $node->field_time[$node->language][0]['value']; to display the content. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 10:06
  • I mean setting date format for date from admin section. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 10:08
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    Looks like a typical timezone issue. Is your site's or user's timezone 2 hours off from GMT?
    – Mołot
    Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 10:10
  • @Mołot - Yes it is. It's set to Europe/Helsinki: <time> +0200 and the pre selected country is Finland. I'm using the site from Sweden. But I have also unchecked that user may change their timezone. Commented Dec 10, 2013 at 10:15

2 Answers 2


Maybe try this:

// Example: Assume we have a node with nid 1 which contains a single
// language-neutral date field named field_date.
$node = node_load(1);
$date = $node->field_date[LANGUAGE_NONE][0];

// Create a date object.
$date_object = new DateObject($date['value'], new DateTimeZone($date['timezone_db']));
// Convert from the database time zone to the user's time zone.
$date_object->setTimezone(new DateTimeZone($date['timezone']));

// Example: Print a formatted date.
print date_format_date($date_object, 'custom', 'Y m d');

Source: Convert a date field to the correct time zone


If you're printing the date yourself, you could try loading the date with the given timezone to see what's returned.

// Just for fun, load a node that you know has the date field.
$node = node_load($nid);

// Grab the date value and timezone.
$date_value = $node->field_time['und'][0]['value'];

// For testing, try both the field timezone, and the server default.
$date_timezone = $node->field_time['und'][0]['timezone'];
$default_timezone = variable_get('date_default_timezone', '');

// Produce the new date.
$date = new DateTime($date_value, new DateTimeZone($date_timezone));
echo $date->format('Y-m-d H:i') . '\n';

$date = new DateTime($date_value, new DateTimeZone($default_timezone));
echo $date->format('Y-m-d H:i');    

// If you use Devel, just dpm it and see what you get back.
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    When I'm doing the above I get 2014-02-12 08:00:00+02:00 and in the backend the same fields shows 2014-02-12 10:00:00. Using date_format($date, 'd.m.Y H:i'); I receive 2014-02-12 08:00:00? Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 22:21
  • @KristerAndersson I updated my answer. Try using the field timezone as well as the site default timezone. (I'm not sure if they're both set or not). You could also try Drupal's date_default_timezone to see if it's based on the user? Commented Feb 11, 2014 at 22:40

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