Formatting Date in SwiftUI

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Dates are an essential component of many applications, and in the past, working with them in Objective-C could be challenging. The DateFormatter class was particularly complex, and developers often needed to reference a dedicated website for assistance. However, in SwiftUI, the Date() API makes it much simpler to work with dates, thanks to its easy-to-use modifiers. It is important to note, though, that Date() is still based on the older Objective-C framework.

In this article, we’ll demonstrate how to display dates within a Text element in SwiftUI. While the Date() object can be used in various parts of your code, we’ll keep things simple and focus on this one use case.


VStack {
    Text(, style: .date)

// Output 10 January 2023


You can also specify just the .time style, and you’ll get a nicely formatted time displayed:

VStack {
    Text(, style: .time)

// Output: 12:45 PM

In this article, we have delved into the topic of working with dates and various methods of displaying time in an iOS SwiftUI application. As previously mentioned, it is worth considering exploring the calendar APIs provided by Apple to ensure that dates and times are displayed correctly in your application.

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