get_the_modified_time()WP 2.0.0

Retrieve the time at which the post was last modified. Works similar to get_the_modified_date().

Often this function is used within The Loop.

If you specify the $d parameter (display format), then this function will work exactly like the get_the_modified_date().

1 time — 0.000164 sec (fast) | 50000 times — 2.66 sec (fast) | PHP 7.0.8, WP 4.6.1
Hooks from the function


String|Int|false. Formatted date string or Unix timestamp. False on failure.


get_the_modified_time( $d, $post );
Format to use for retrieving the time the post was modified. Either 'G', 'U', or php date format defaults to the value specified in the time_format option. The comprehensive list of formats.
Default: ''
Post ID or WP_Post object, the publication time of which you want to get.
Default: current post



#1 Get the last modified date for the post

echo 'The post was modified: '. get_the_modified_time(); //> 01:39

#2 Get the last modified date for the post with the custom format

echo 'The post was modified: '. get_the_modified_date('H:i:s'); //> 01:39:56

#3 Add HTML tags to the date

To add HTML tags to the date, you should escape every character of the tag with backslash \ to avoid its interpretation as a date format character:

echo 'Modified: '. get_the_modified_date('j\<\s\u\p\>M\<\/\s\u\p\> Y');

// Modified: 25<sup>Dec</sup> 2011


Since 2.0.0 Introduced.
Since 4.6.0 Added the $post parameter.

get_the_modified_time() code WP 6.5.3

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

	if ( ! $post ) {
		// For backward compatibility, failures go through the filter below.
		$the_time = false;
	} else {
		$_format = ! empty( $format ) ? $format : get_option( 'time_format' );

		$the_time = get_post_modified_time( $_format, false, $post, true );

	 * Filters the localized time a post was last modified.
	 * @since 2.0.0
	 * @since 4.6.0 Added the `$post` parameter.
	 * @param string|int|false $the_time The formatted time or false if no post is found.
	 * @param string           $format   Format to use for retrieving the time the post
	 *                                   was modified. Accepts 'G', 'U', or PHP date format.
	 * @param WP_Post|null     $post     WP_Post object or null if no post is found.
	return apply_filters( 'get_the_modified_time', $the_time, $format, $post );