Making your dates look sensible and descriptive

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v1.20.0 2022-10-11 15:32 UTC


This bundle does one simple job: takes dates and gives you friendly "2 hours ago"-type messages. Woh!

Last edited {{ post.updatedAt|ago }}
<-- Last edited 1 week ago -->

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The date formatted can be translated into any language, and many are supported out of the box.


Use Composer to install the library:

composer require knplabs/knp-time-bundle

Woo! You did it! Assuming your project uses Symfony Flex, the bundle should be configured and ready to go. If not, you can enable Knp\Bundle\TimeBundle\KnpTimeBundle manually.


In Twig:

{{ someDateTimeVariable|ago }}

... or use the equivalent function:
{{ time_diff(someDateTimeVariable) }}

Note: the "ago" filter works fine for dates in the future, too.

In controllers

You can also "ago" dates inside PHP by autowiring the Knp\Bundle\TimeBundle\DateTimeFormatter service:

use Knp\Bundle\TimeBundle\DateTimeFormatter;
// ...

public function yourAction(DateTimeFormatter $dateTimeFormatter)
    $someDate = new \DateTime('2017-02-11'); //or $entity->publishedDate()
    $now = new \DateTime();
    $agoTime = $dateTimeFormatter->formatDiff($someDate, $now);
    return $this->json([
        'published_at' => $agoTime

Controlling the Translation Locale

The bundle will automatically use the current locale when translating the "ago" messages. However, you can override the locale:

{{ someDateTimeVariable|ago(locale='es') }}


If you want to run tests, please check that you have installed dev dependencies.



Anyone can contribute to this repository (and it's warmly welcomed!). The following people maintain and can merge into this library: