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How to translate date?

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Digital Punk

Community Member, 51 Posts

28 July 2009 at 10:41am

I use in template $Now.Day and got Thuesday. My problem is - the website is multilingual and I can't get this date in German - Dienstag (Thuesday). Has anybody any ideas how to solve this problem?

Thanks for any help!



Community Member, 5 Posts

28 July 2009 at 8:38pm

Edited: 28/07/2009 8:44pm

One Solution is to write in /sapphire/core/model/fieldtypes/Date.php, a new function like

function German() {
        return strftime('%e. %B %G', strtotime($this->value));

(in the template use it with .German for Example $Now.German)

and where is the translation?
with setlocale

for example: add in _config.php

setlocale (LC_TIME,"de_DE"); 

have a look on and especially for the format strings and the difference between date() and strftime().
Anyway, the wanted locale has to be installed on the system.


Forum Moderator, 1379 Posts

28 July 2009 at 11:57pm

I use the following in the templates of a Dutch site:

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

Digital Punk

Community Member, 51 Posts

29 July 2009 at 9:44am

Thanks you guys a lot for the help, but it doesn't worked for me. So, I did it with js and currentlang function:

<% if CurrentLang = sv %>
	<script type="text/javascript">
		var m_names = new Array("Söndag", "Måndag", "Tisdag", "Onsdag", "Torsdag", "Fredag", "Lördag");
		var d = new Date();
		var curr_date = d.getDate();
		var curr_weekday = d.getDay();
		var curr_month = d.getMonth();
		var curr_year = d.getFullYear();
<% end_if %>

Hope it helps for somebody also :)


Community Member, 37 Posts

24 November 2010 at 2:14am

here is a better but not perfect solution. I've also expand the Date class -> /sapphire/core/model/fieldtypes/Date.php

// Bugfix to translate english month names to current locale
	function TranslatedMonth() {
			$currentMonth = '';
			//echo Translatable::get_current_locale().' -> '.(int)strftime('%m', strtotime($this->value));
			if (Translatable::get_current_locale() == 'de_DE') { // german
				$month = array(1 => "Januar",
				               2 => "Februar",
				               3 => "M&auml;rz",
				               4 => "April",
				               5 => "Mai",
				               6 => "Juni",
				               7 => "Juli",
				               8 => "August",
				               9 => "September",
				               10 => "Oktober",
				               11 => "November",
				               12 => "Dezember");
				$currentMonth = $month[(int)strftime('%m', strtotime($this->value))];
			} else {
				$currentMonth = strftime('%B', strtotime($this->value));
			return $currentMonth;

You can add another elseif for your language translation.
The better way should be to include the language files with its translation for every month and day...


Community Member, 2 Posts

20 April 2013 at 4:20am

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

Bug reports and improvement suggestions are most welcome!