Joomla is a powerful and popular content management system (CMS) that allows you to create and manage websites with ease. One of the key features of any website is the way it displays date and time information. Joomla offers flexibility in customizing the date and time formats to match your website's style and preferences. In this guide, we will walk you through the steps to modify the date and time formats in Joomla, giving you greater control over how your content is presented to visitors.

Step 1: Accessing the Language Overrides Manager

  1. Log in to your Joomla administrator panel using your credentials.

  2. In the top menu, navigate to "Extensions" and select "Languages."

  3. From the dropdown menu, click on "Overrides."

Step 2: Creating a New Language Override

  1. Click the "New" button to create a new language override.

  2. In the "Search text" field, enter the default date or time format you want to modify. For example, to change the default date format, you might enter "D F Y" which corresponds to "Day Month Year."

  3. Scroll down to the "Language Constant" section. In this section, Joomla automatically populates the constant for the selected text. You'll notice that the constant will look something like "JGLOBAL_XYZ" where "XYZ" represents a unique identifier.

Step 3: Modifying the Date or Time Format

  1. Once you have identified the appropriate language constant, you can modify it to reflect your desired date or time format. Joomla uses PHP's date format conventions. For example:

    • F: Full month name (January)
    • M: Short month name (Jan)
    • Y: Four-digit year (2023)
    • y: Two-digit year (23)
    • D: Short day name (Mon)
    • l: Full day name (Monday)
    • d: Day of the month with leading zeros (01)
    • m: Numeric representation of a month with leading zeros (01)
    • H: 24-hour format of an hour with leading zeros (00-23)
    • i: Minutes with leading zeros (00-59)
    • s: Seconds with leading zeros (00-59)
  2. Update the "Text" field with your desired format. For instance, to display the date as "August 31, 2023," you would enter "F d, Y" in the "Text" field.

Step 4: Saving the Language Override

  1. Scroll down and click the "Save & Close" button to save your language override.

Step 5: Checking the Changes

  1. To see the changes on your Joomla site, navigate to a page that displays date or time information. Refresh the page to view the new date or time format you've applied.


Customizing the date and time formats in Joomla allows you to tailor the presentation of your content to align with your website's aesthetics and target audience. With the Language Overrides Manager, the process becomes straightforward, even if you don't have extensive coding knowledge. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can effortlessly modify date and time formats, enhancing the overall user experience of your Joomla-powered website.