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What is getDate?

A simple timestamp retrieval Snippet for MODX Revolution.


getDate was first written by David Pede (davidpede) and released on November 22, 2013.


It can be downloaded from within the MODX Revolution manager via Package Management, or from the MODX Extras Repository, here: https://modx.com/extras/package/getDate

The source code and build script is also available on GitHub: https://github.com/tasianmedia/getDate

Bugs & Feature Requests

Bugs, issues and feature requests can be reported in the GitHub Repository, found here: https://github.com/tasianmedia/getDate/issues


The getDate snippet can be called using the tag:


getDate can be called cached or un-cached.

Available Properties

Selection Properties

Name Description Default Value Added in Version
offset The period of time to add or subtract from the current timestamp. Use relative date/time formats that the strtotime() parser understands. now 1.0.0-pl
Example Offset Example Snippet Call
+5 Hours [[!getDate? &offset=5 hour]]
+4 Days [[!getDate? &offset=4 day]]
+3 Weeks [[!getDate? &offset=3 weeks]]
+2 Months [[!getDate? &offset=2 month]]
+1 Year [[!getDate? &offset=1 year]]
-5 Hours [[!getDate? &offset=-5 hour]]
-4 Days [[!getDate? &offset=-4 day]]
-3 Weeks [[!getDate? &offset=-3 weeks]]
-2 Months [[!getDate? &offset=-2 month]]
-1 Year [[!getDate? &offset=-1 year]]

For all relative date/time formats supported by strtotime(), please see: http://www.php.net/manual/en/datetime.formats.relative.php

Date Format Options

Output Filters

getDate outputs a unix timestamp. To format this timestamp into a human friendly format, please use the built in MODX Output Filter 'date'.

Example Output The Filter Parameters
22 November 2013 [[!getDate:date=%e %B %Y]]
Fri Nov 22, 2013 [[!getDate:date=%a %b %e, %Y]]
Friday, November 22, 2013 [[!getDate:date=%A, %B %e, %Y]]
2013-11-22 [[!getDate:date=%Y-%m-%d]]

For all date formatting parameters, please see: revolution/2.x/making-sites-with-modx/commonly-used-template-tags/date-formats#DateFormats-AllParameters


Output the current unix timestamp:


Output the current date (YYYY-MM-DD) using output filters:


Output the date two months ago (YYYY-MM-DD) using output filters:

[[getDate:date=`%Y-%m-%d`? &offset=`-2 month`]]

Using getDate with getResources

When combined with getResources, getDate allows you to apply powerful date/time based filtering to your output. This includes filtering by date using resource fields and TV's.

Settings Resource Fields

The following examples use the '&where' parameter and setting resource fields.

Output only resources published within the last three months:

    &where=`[{"publishedon:>=":"[[!getDate? &offset=`-3 month`]]"}]`

Output only resources published from the start of last month:

    &where=`[{"publishedon:>=":"[[!getDate? &offset=`first day of last month`]]"}]`

Output only resources published in the last week and edited today:

    &where=`[{"publishedon:>=":"[[!getDate? &offset=`-1 week`]]","editedon:>=":"[[!getDate? &offset=`today`]]"}]`

Date Template Variable (TV)

The following examples use the '&tvFilters' parameter and Date TV's.

Unlike Settings Resource Fields, Date TV's un-processed values are not stored in the database as a timestamp. Instead they are stored in this format: 'YYYY-MM-DD HH:SS:MM'. Because the '&tvFilters' parameter only uses un-processed values, you must format your 'getDate' output to match using a output filter.

Output only resources with a custom date younger than three months ago:

    &tvFilters=`myCustomDate>=[[!getDate:date=`%Y-%m-%d`? &offset=`-3 month`]]`

Output only resources with a custom date younger than the start of last month:

    &tvFilters=`myCustomDate>=[[!getDate:date=`%Y-%m-%d`? &offset=`first day of last month`]]`

Output only resources where just the month of a custom date equals the current month:


Output only resources with one custom date younger than last week and a second custom date younger than midnight today:

    &tvFilters=`myCustomDate01>=[[getDate:date=`%Y-%m-%d`? &offset=`-1 week`]],myCustomDate02>=[[getDate:date=`%Y-%m-%d %T`? &offset=`today`]]`

All 'getResources' related examples above are un-cached for dynamic filtering. To ensure this works, make sure the 'getResource' call AND the 'getDate' call are both un-cached. To cache the output, again make sure both the snippet calls are cached.

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