Quick Reference Guide to Movable Type Date Formats

I find myself referring to the Movable Type user manual a lot, especially the page on date formats.

However — much like the rest of the user manual — this page is not very user-friendly.

So, I thought I'd create my own quick reference guide to date formats in order to present this information in a more accessible way.

Output Code Description
2006 %Y The four-digit year
06 %y The two-digit year padded with a leading zero if applicable
September %B The full month name
Sep %b The abbreviated month name
09 %m The two-digit month padded with a leading zero if applicable
Thursday %A The full weekday name
Thu %a The abbreviated weekday name
09 %d The two-digit day of the month padded with leading zeroes if applicable
 9 %e The day of the month space padded if applicable
September 06, 2006 %x The language-aware standard date representation. For most languages, this is just the same as %B %d, %Y
04 %I The two-digit hour on a 12-hour clock padded with a zero if applicable
 4 %l The hour on a 12-hour clock padded with a space if applicable
16 %H The two-digit military time hour padded with a zero if applicable
 8 %k The two-digit military time hour padded with a space if applicable
02 %M The two-digits minute padded with a leading zero if applicable
04 %S The two-digit second padded with a zero if applicable
AM %p Either AM or PM. Language dependent
04:31 PM %X The language-aware time representation. For most languages, this is just the same as %I:%M %p
2 %w The numeric day of the week ranging from 0 to 6 where 0 is Sunday
040 %j The three-digit day of the year padded with leading zeroes if applicable

Example Usage

Output Code
July 4, 2006 <$MTEntryDate format="%B %e, %Y"$>
4 Jul '06 <$MTEntryDate format="%e %b '%y"$>
07/04/06 <$MTEntryDate format="%m/%e/%y"$>
Monday, July 4 <$MTEntryDate format="%A, %b %e"$>
Posted at 9:15 AM on July 4, 2006 Posted at <$MTEntryDate format="%I:%M %p"$> on <$MTEntryDate format="%B %e, %Y"$>

Posted on: August 21, 2006 | No comments

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