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The date field allows you to select a date via a friendly UI. This field uses jQuery UI datepicker library to select a date.


date picker


Besides the common settings, this field has the following specific settings:

Name Description
size size of the input box. Optional. Default 10.
inline Whether to display the date picker inline with the edit, e.g. do not require to click the input field to trigger the date picker? true or false (default).
timestamp Whether to save the date in the Unix timestamp format (but still display in human-readable format)? true or false (default).
js_options Date picker options. See here.

Sample code

    'name'       => 'Date picker',
    'id'         => 'field_id',
    'type'       => 'date',

    // Date picker options. See here
    'js_options' => array(
        'dateFormat'      => 'yy-mm-dd',
        'showButtonPanel' => false,

    // Display inline?
    'inline' => false,

    // Save value as timestamp?
    'timestamp' => false,


If the timestamp is set to true, the field value is converted to Unix timestamp and saved to the database. Otherwise, the user input value is saved.

Template usage

To get the field value, use the following code:

$value = rwmb_meta( $field_id );
echo $value;

Or you can simply do like this:

rwmb_the_value( $field_id );

If timestamp is true, then you can convert the value to different format, like this:

$value = rwmb_meta( $field_id );
echo date( 'F j, Y', $value );

Or simpler:

rwmb_the_value( $field_id, array( 'format' => 'F j, Y' ) );

The 2nd parameter of rwmb_the_value() accepts and extra parameter format which specify the datetime format to output in the frontend.

Saving in timestamp also allows you to query posts with a specific order by this field:

$query = new WP_Query( array(
    'post_type' => 'post',
    'orderby'   => 'meta_value_num',
    'meta_key'  => 'field_id',
    'order'     => 'ASC',
) );

However, you still can sort posts by meta value if you set date format to something similar to yy-mm-dd. Anyway, querying posts by custom fields is not recommended.

Read more about rwmb_meta().