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9 March 2010 at 10:45pm Community Member, 80 Posts



setlocale(LC_TIME, i18n::get_locale() . ".utf8");

to the function FormatI18N also helped me to solve an "umlaut" - bug with "märz".
thank you,


29 October 2010 at 6:41am (Last edited: 30 October 2010 3:14am), Community Member, 150 Posts

I've tried all of the above on an SS2.4.2 install:

Added this in _config.php:

Object::add_extension('SiteTree', 'Translatable');
Object::add_extension('SiteConfig', 'Translatable');
setlocale(LC_TIME, 'nl_NL');

Altered function FormatI18N() in sapphire/core/model/fieldtypes/Date.php:

function FormatI18N($formattingString) {
setlocale(LC_TIME, i18n::get_locale() . ".utf8");
if($this->value) return strftime($formattingString, strtotime($this->value));

Have this in my

$Date.FormatI18N(%e %B)

And still I get 'October' instead of the Dutch 'oktober'. What am I doing wrong?

PS. $Locale in my does provide me with nl_NL

PPS. It does work on my local MAMP environment. On shared hosting it doesnot work, even with this code (server issue?!):

function FormatI18N($formattingString) {
setlocale(LC_TIME, i18n::get_locale() . ".utf8");
setlocale(LC_TIME, 'nl_NL.UTF8');
if($this->value) return strftime($formattingString, strtotime($this->value));


25 March 2011 at 9:56pm (Last edited: 25 March 2011 9:58pm), Community Member, 19 Posts

As it also took me quite some time to get datefields printed in the correct locale (of the visitor), I'll outline how I achieved this (SS2.4.5);

To translate $Date fields for the current locale, first set the correct locale. This code works for me if I put it in the Page_Controller (_config.php seems to be too early):

// mysite/code/Page.php
class Page_Controller extends ContentController {

   public function init() {

      // Set locale for PHP, dates etc;
      setlocale(LC_TIME, Translatable::get_current_locale() . ".UTF8");

      // using i18n::get_locale() didn't seem to work for me;
      // setlocale(LC_TIME, i18n::get_locale() . ".utf8");


Then cast the date to the current locale in your template;

$Date.FormatI18N(%e %B %Y)

If this is not working, make sure you add a ?flush=1 to the URL.

Still not working, it could be that the locale is not installed on the server. If you have a shell account, do a

locale -a

This shows you all installed locales. If the needed locale is indeed not installed, you can install it yourself if you have root (Debian/Ubuntu);

dpkg-reconfigure locales

And add the neede locale. It should also be possible to install locales in your home directory (as non-root), Google probably knows best...


26 March 2011 at 1:17am Community Member, 150 Posts

Many thanks, I'll try this myself!


20 April 2013 at 4:19am (Last edited: 20 April 2013 4:19am), Community Member, 2 Posts

I have created a small module for SS3 that will translate dates automatically once added to your project. You can check it out here: [url][/url]

Bug reports and improvement suggestions are most welcome!