PHP | IntlDateFormatter formatObject() Function

The IntlDateFormatter::formatObject() function is an inbuilt function in PHP which is used to formats an IntlDateFormatter object. This function allows to format the IntlCalendar or DateTime object.


  • Object oriented style:
    string IntlDateFormatter::formatObject( object $object, 
                             mixed $format = NULL, string $locale = NULL )
  • Procedural style:
    string datefmt_format_object( object $object,
                             mixed $format = NULL, string $locale = NULL )

Parameters: This function accepts three parameters as mentioned above and described below:

  • object: This parameter holds the object of IntlCalendar or DateTime type.
  • format: This parameter holds the format of date to set the date in given format. It can be used array with two values (first set the date style and second set the time style. The constants are IntlDateFormatter::NONE, IntlDateFormatter::SHORT, IntlDateFormatter::MEDIUM, IntlDateFormatter::LONG, IntlDateFormatter::FULL), integer or string format. The NULL value is used for default style.
  • locale: This parameter holds the used locale. The NULL value is used for default locale.

Return Value: This function returns a string in given format on success or False on failure.

Below program illustrates the IntlDateFormatter::formatObject() function in PHP:






// Set the timezone and locale
ini_set('date.timezone', 'Asia/Calcutta');
ini_set('intl.default_locale', 'en_US');
// Create an IntlCalendar from a DateTime object or string 
$calander = IntlCalendar::fromDateTime('2019-10-05 09:19:29');  
// Display the date in given format
echo "Default date format => " .
    IntlDateFormatter::formatObject($calander) . "\n";
// Display the date in given format
echo "Date in string format => " .
    "dd MM yyyy") . "\n";
// Display the date in given format
echo "Date in long format => " .
    IntlDateFormatter::TRADITIONAL) . "\n";
// Display the date in given format
echo "Date in array format => ",



Default date format => Oct 5, 2019, 9:19:29 AM
Date in string format => 05 10 2019
Date in long format => Saturday, October 5, 2019 at 9:19:29 AM India Standard Time
Date in array format => 9:19:29 AM India Standard Time


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