Date Format

Hugo's date format quirks and gotchas

Published: Saturday, 27 June 2020
  • Chelsie Woon

Incorrect dates appeared when we used Hugo’s date .Format function.

The example that was given on the Hugo website was

{{ .PublishDate.Format "January 2, 2006" }} => March 3, 2017

Where January 2, 2006 is the layout string, and PublishDate has value 2017-03-03 and will display as March 3, 2017. The layout string must use a specific reference time for date formatting.

The reference date time

Mon Jan 2 15:04:05 MST 2006

The valid inputs for formatting:

For example, if we have date = 2020-06-27T08:55:23+01:00
We wish to display it as dd/MM/YYYY hh:mm:PM
We can use:

{{ .Date.Format "02/01/2006 15:04PM"}}

This gives us the output 27/06/2020 08:55AM

The reference date can be remembered as:

01/02 03:04:05PM '06 -0700