Configuring Time and Date Formats

You can change how times and dates appear throughout your Confluence site to suit your organization's preferred date format. 

To change the time and date formats for your entire site:

  1. Go to  > General Configuration

  2. Choose Edit.
  3. Enter your preferred Time Format, Date Time Format and Date Format.
  4. Choose Save.

Confluence uses the Java SimpleDateFormat class. Head to Java SimpleDateFormat to see all allowed values, or use one of the common format examples below.

Format Example
dd MMMM yyyy 05 June 2019
MMMM d, yyyy June 5, 2019
d MMM yy 5 Jun 19
dd-MM-yy 05-06-19
d-M-yy 5-6-19
h:mm a 3:25 PM
HH:mm 15:25


Relative dates

Some parts of Confluence use relative dates when the change happened recently.  For example a comment might have been added "yesterday", or a page modified "about 2 hours ago". 

It's not possible to customize this format.  Full dates are displayed in your preferred format once the change is more than 1 day old. 

Date lozenges

When you insert a date lozenge in the editor, the date format displayed depends on the language settings for the current user. This means the lozenge will appear differently for different users. 

The example below shows English, Italian, Polish, German, and Japanese date formats. The same format is used for UK and US English. 

Last modified on Jun 19, 2019

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