[c#] Display only date and no time

In MVC razor, I am putting current date in the database like this..

model.Returndate = DateTime.Now.Date.ToShortDateString();

Since the database field is a datetime datatype and I am converting the current date to string format, this is not working.. how can I do this? I am doing the string format because I want the date in mm/dd/yyyy format and not in mm/dd/yyyy hh:mm:ss time format..

EDIT:

In the controller I have

var model = new ViewModel();
model.ReturnDate = DateTime.Now;            
return PartialView("PartialView", model);  

In the partialview, I have

@Html.EditorFor(model => model.Returndate)

This is where its displaying the date as Date and Time together... I want just the date to be displayed. Not the time. I hope this edit explains better.

This question is related to c# asp.net-mvc asp.net-mvc-3 datetime

The answer is


Include Data Annotations like DisplayFormat and ApplyFormatInEditMode to have the desired output.

[Display(Name = "Bill Date")] [DataType(DataType.Date)] [DisplayFormat(DataFormatString = "{0:dd/MM/yyyy}", ApplyFormatInEditMode = true)] public DateTime BillDate { get; set; }

Now your Bill date will show like.

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You can modify your ViewModel as below:

[DisplayFormat(DataFormatString = "{0:dd/MM/yyyy}",ApplyFormatInEditMode = true)]

Just had to deal with this scenario myself - found a really easy way to do this, simply annotate your property in the model like this:

[DataType(DataType.Date)]
public DateTime? SomeDateProperty { get; set; }

It will hide the time button from the date picker too.

Sorry if this answer is a little late ;)


If you have a for loop such as the one below.

Change @item.StartDate to @item.StartDate.Value.ToShortDateString()

This will remove the time just in case you can't annotate your property in the model like in my case.

<table>
  <tr>
   <th>Type</th>
   <th>Start Date</th>
  </tr>
    @foreach (var item in Model.TestList) {
      <tr>
        <td>@item.TypeName</td>
        <td>@item.StartDate.Value.ToShortDateString()</td>
      </tr>
      }
</table>

I had some problems with the other solutions on this page, so thought I'd drop this in.

@Html.TextBoxFor(m => m.EndDate, "{0:d}", new { @class = "form-control datepicker" })

So you only need to add "{0:d}" in the second parameter and you should be good to go.


This works if you want to display in a TextBox:

@Html.TextBoxFor(m => m.Employee.DOB, "{0:dd-MM-yyyy}")

You could simply convert the datetime. Something like:

@Convert.ToString(string.Format("{0:dd/MM/yyyy}", Model.Returndate))

The date/time in the datebase won't be a formatted version at all. It'll just be the date/time itself. How you display that date/time when you extract the value from the database is a different matter. I strongly suspect you really just want:

model.Returndate = DateTime.Now.Date;

or possibly

model.Returndate = DateTime.UtcNow.Date;

Yes, if you look at the database using SQL Server Studio or whatever, you'll now see midnight - but that's irrelevant, and when you fetch the date out of the database and display it to a user, then you can apply the relevant format.

EDIT: In regard to your edited question, the problem isn't with the model - it's how you specify the view. You should use something like:

@Html.EditorFor(model => model.Returndate.Date.ToString("d"))

where d is the standard date and time format specifier for the short date pattern (which means it'll take the current cultural settings into account).

That's the bit I've been saying repeatedly - that when you display the date/time to the user, that's the time to format it as a date without a time.

EDIT: If this doesn't work, there should be a way of decorating the model or view with a format string - or something like that. I'm not really an MVC person, but it feels like there ought to be a good way of doing this declaratively...


I am not sure in Razor but in ASPX you do:

 <%if (item.Modify_Date != null)
  {%>
     <%=Html.Encode(String.Format("{0:D}", item.Modify_Date))%>     
<%} %>

There must be something similar in Razor. Hopefully this will help someone.


You can apply custom date time format using ToString like:

DateTime.Now.Date.ToString("MM/dd/yyyy");

Further reading on DateTime.ToString formats pattern can be found here and here.

Edit: After your question edit, Just like what other suggested you should apply the date format at your view:

model.Returndate = DateTime.Now.Date;

@Html.EditorFor(model => model.Returndate.Date.ToString("MM/dd/yyyy"))

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