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get_the_date() WP 3.0.0

Gets the creation date of the current post. you can specify an arbitrary date output format. Used in a WordPress loop.

This function is different from the_date(). It always return a result (date), even if the next post (in the loop) was published on the same day (the_date() will skip such date output).

You can use the get_the_date filter to change the output string.

Used By: the_date()
1 time — 0.000723 sec (slow) | 50000 times — 1.44 sec (fast) | PHP 7.2.5, WP 4.9.6
Hooks from the function

Return

String|false. Date the current post was written. False on failure.

Usage

get_the_date( $format, $post );
$format(string)
PHP date format. option.
Default: 'date_format'
$post(int|WP_Post)
Post ID or WP_Post object.
Default: current post

Examples

#1 A basic example

Display the date of the post within the WordPress Loop.

<span class="entry-date"><?php echo get_the_date(); ?></span>

#2 Specify an arbitrary date format

Post published at <?php echo get_the_date('n-j-Y'); ?>

Displays: Post published at 11-6-2018

Changelog

Since 3.0.0 Introduced.

Code of get_the_date() WP 5.8.1

function get_the_date( $format = '', $post = null ) {
	$post = get_post( $post );

	if ( ! $post ) {
		return false;
	}

	$_format = ! empty( $format ) ? $format : get_option( 'date_format' );

	$the_date = get_post_time( $_format, false, $post, true );

	/**
	 * Filters the date a post was published.
	 *
	 * @since 3.0.0
	 *
	 * @param string      $the_date The formatted date.
	 * @param string      $format   PHP date format.
	 * @param int|WP_Post $post     The post object or ID.
	 */
	return apply_filters( 'get_the_date', $the_date, $format, $post );
}

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