Custom date formats with XSLT

The default format of a date field is something like 2012-01-01 00:00:00 – this is dependent on the language of the SharePoint installation. It is a very common requirement to display a date field in a different format.


 2012-01-01 00:00:00

Example code

<xsl:value-of select="@ArticleStartDate"/>


1. Open the ItemStyle.xsl in SharePoint Designer or your favorite editor.
2. To be able to use the FormatDate function, add the DDWRT name space reference in the top section.


3. Use the code below to display the date field in the location you want the date shown. Every language has a different country code. The example in this article uses the UK country code (1033).

<xsl:value-of select="ddwrt:FormatDateTime(string(@ArticleStartDate) ,1033 ,'dd-mm-yyyy')"/>



There are many different ways to display dates, take a look on MSDN for all the format specifiers. The country codes (supported locale identifiers) can also be found on MSDN.