How to Use Carbon in Laravel Blade and Controller

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In this tutorial i am going to discuss about laravel date format. Sometime we need to format date in our web application. Suppose to show blog post date, invoice report, customer credit report in those situation we need show date. 

But database timestames format can't give us a exact what we need. That time we need to format it with our own. So here i am to show you laravel use carbon in blade or change date format in laravel controller tutorial to show you.

Laravel provides carbon support to change date format. In this tutoria i will discuss how we can use carbon laravel in blade and controller. So let's start date format using carbon in laravel 7.x.

Just use below code to the top of your controller before using carbon in laravel.

use Carbon\Carbon;

 

After importing, let's have a look at some cool things we can do with this great package.

get current time

$current = Carbon::now();

 

get today yesterday and tomorrow

$today = Carbon::today();
$yesterday = Carbon::yesterday();
$tomorrow = Carbon::tomorrow();

 

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For example, suppose when we creating a trial period for a user, you will want the trial period to expire after a certain amount of time. So let's say we have a 30 day trial period. We could easily calculate that time with add and subtract.

// get the current time
$current = Carbon::now();

// add 30 days to the current time
$trialExpires = $current->addDays(30);

 

From the Carbon docs, here are some of the other add() and sub() methods available to us


$dt = Carbon::parse($data->created_at) //from database

echo $dt->toDateTimeString();            // 2012-01-31 00:00:00

echo $dt->addYears(5);                   // 2017-01-31 00:00:00
echo $dt->addYear();                     // 2018-01-31 00:00:00
echo $dt->subYear();                     // 2017-01-31 00:00:00
echo $dt->subYears(5);                   // 2012-01-31 00:00:00

echo $dt->addMonths(60);                 // 2017-01-31 00:00:00
echo $dt->addMonth();                    // 2017-03-03 00:00:00 equivalent of $dt->month($dt->month + 1); so it wraps
echo $dt->subMonth();                    // 2017-02-03 00:00:00
echo $dt->subMonths(60);                 // 2012-02-03 00:00:00

echo $dt->addDays(29);                   // 2012-03-03 00:00:00
echo $dt->addDay();                      // 2012-03-04 00:00:00
echo $dt->subDay();                      // 2012-03-03 00:00:00
echo $dt->subDays(29);                   // 2012-02-03 00:00:00

echo $dt->addWeekdays(4);                // 2012-02-09 00:00:00
echo $dt->addWeekday();                  // 2012-02-10 00:00:00
echo $dt->subWeekday();                  // 2012-02-09 00:00:00
echo $dt->subWeekdays(4);                // 2012-02-03 00:00:00

echo $dt->addWeeks(3);                   // 2012-02-24 00:00:00
echo $dt->addWeek();                     // 2012-03-02 00:00:00
echo $dt->subWeek();                     // 2012-02-24 00:00:00
echo $dt->subWeeks(3);                   // 2012-02-03 00:00:00

echo $dt->addHours(24);                  // 2012-02-04 00:00:00
echo $dt->addHour();                     // 2012-02-04 01:00:00
echo $dt->subHour();                     // 2012-02-04 00:00:00
echo $dt->subHours(24);                  // 2012-02-03 00:00:00

echo $dt->addMinutes(61);                // 2012-02-03 01:01:00
echo $dt->addMinute();                   // 2012-02-03 01:02:00
echo $dt->subMinute();                   // 2012-02-03 01:01:00
echo $dt->subMinutes(61);                // 2012-02-03 00:00:00

echo $dt->addSeconds(61);                // 2012-02-03 00:01:01
echo $dt->addSecond();                   // 2012-02-03 00:01:02
echo $dt->subSecond();                   // 2012-02-03 00:01:01
echo $dt->subSeconds(61);                // 2012-02-03 00:00:00

 

Have a look some more examples

$dt = Carbon::now();

echo $dt->toDateString();               // 2015-12-19
echo $dt->toFormattedDateString();      // Dec 19, 2015
echo $dt->toTimeString();               // 10:10:16
echo $dt->toDateTimeString();           // 2015-12-19 10:10:16
echo $dt->toDayDateTimeString();        // Sat, Dec 19, 2015 10:10 AM

// ... of course format() is still available
echo $dt->format('l jS \\of F Y h:i:s A');         // Saturday 19th of December 2015 10:10:16 AM

 

All the examples are for controller method. If you want to use carbon to convert date in your blade file, just use like below.

{{ \Carbon\Carbon::parse( $info->created_at )->toDayDateTimeString() }}

 

Output will look like this

OUTPUT
Sat, Dec 19, 2015 10:10 AM

 

Displaying for Humans

Sometimes we need to show 1 hour ago, 1 month ago, 3 month before, How can we do that? To do that just follow below instruction.

$dt     = Carbon::now();
$past   = $dt->subMonth();
$future = $dt->addMonth();

echo $dt->subDays(10)->diffForHumans();     // 10 days ago
echo $dt->diffForHumans($past);             // 1 month ago
echo $dt->diffForHumans($future);           // 1 month before

 

Hope this carbon laravel tutorial can help you. Be sure to look through the official Carbon docs