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The datetime field allows you to select a date and time via a friendly UI. This field uses jQuery UI date & time picker libraries.



datetime picker

Time as select dropdowns:

datetime picker 2


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 A combination of date picker and time picker options. See date picker options and time picker options.
save_format Custom PHP format for the datetime saved in the custom fields. See PHP’s function date() for the list of formats.


This field uses our JS library to get the current time of your computer and generates it to the timestamp value then the PHP code helps to save this value to the database. That means the Unix timestamp saved is the “timezone (UTC) + offset”.

Sample code

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

    // Datetime picker options.
    // For date options, see here
    // For time options, see here
    'js_options' => array(
        'stepMinute'      => 15,
        'showTimepicker'  => true,
        'controlType'     => 'select',
        'showButtonPanel' => false,
        'oneLine'         => true,

    // 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.

Saving datetime in another format

Meta Box already supports customizing the date format displaying to users via js_options. In some cases, you might want to display in one format and save in another format. It’s now possible in Meta Box 4.16.

To specify a date format for saving in the custom fields, you need to set another attribute save_format. This attribute accepts a format string for PHP (not for JavaScript like the format displaying to users). So your field can be something like this:

    'js_options' => array(
        'dateFormat'      => 'dd-mm-yy',
        'showTimepicker'  => true,
    'save_format' => 'Y-m-d H:i:s',

So when displaying to users, the date will have the format of 30-01-2019 05:00 and when saving to the database, it will have the format of 2019-01-30 05:00:00.

This is extremely useful when you want to sort or query the posts based on date value.

Also please note that this feature requires PHP 5.3+.

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 @H:i', $value );

Or simpler:

rwmb_the_value( $field_id, array( 'format' => 'F j, Y @H:i' ) );

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

Note that 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().

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