Basic Date

Output the current date

The following examples shows you how to output the current date.

<html>
	<head>
		<title>Current date</title>
	</head>
	<body>
		<cfoutput>
		<p>The time is #lsdateTimeFormat(now())#</p>
		</cfoutput>
	</body>
</html>

Executing this code you will see something like the following:

The time is 31-Jan-2038 11:12:08

The tag <cfoutput> defines for the compiler that everything within a ## is a code expression and needs to be parsed accordingly. now() is a function call that is returning a date object containing the current time, lsDateTimeFormat then converts that date to a string using "locale" specific formatting rules (default en_US).

You can define a different locale globally in the Lucee admin at "Settings/Regional". You can define a different locale for the current request in the Application.cfc file (for example: this.locale="de_CH") or with help of the function setLocale or as argument of the function call itself as follows:

<html>
	<head>
		<title>Current date</title>
	</head>
	<body>
		<cfoutput>
		<p>The time is #lsDateTimeFormat(date:now(),locale:'de_CH')#</p>
		</cfoutput>
	</body>
</html>