Date and Number Formats Reference

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This topic covers formatting options for dates, times, and numbers within LabKey Sample Manager.

Date and DateTime Format Strings

Format strings used to describe dates and date-times must be compatible with the format accepted by the Java class SimpleDateFormat. For more information see the Java documentation. The following table has a partial guide to pattern symbols.

LetterDate/Time ComponentExamples
GEra designatorAD
yYear1996; 96
MMonth in yearJuly; Jul; 07
wWeek in year27
WWeek in month2
DDay in year189
dDay in month10
FDay of week in month2
EDay in weekTuesday; Tue
aAm/pm markerPM
HHour in day (0-23)0
kHour in day (1-24)24
KHour in am/pm (0-11)0
h .......Hour in am/pm (1-12) .......12 .......
mMinute in hour30
sSecond in minute33
zTime ZonePacific Standard Time; PST; GMT-08:00
ZTime Zone-0800
XTime Zone-08; -0800; -08:00

Note that the LabKey date parser does not recognize time-only date strings. This means that you need to enter a full date string even when you wish to display time only. For example, you might enter a value of "2/2/09 4:00 PM" in order to display "04 PM" when using the format string "hh aa".

Number Format Strings

Format strings for Integer and Decimal fields must be compatible with the format that the java class DecimalFormat accepts. A valid DecimalFormat is a pattern specifying a prefix, numeric part, and suffix. For more information see the Java documentation. The following table has an abbreviated guide to pattern symbols:

#NumberYesDigit, zero shows as absent
.NumberYesDecimal separator or monetary decimal separator
-NumberYesMinus sign
,NumberYesGrouping separator


The following examples apply to Date Type fields.

Format StringDisplay Result
yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm2008-05-17 01:45
yyyy-MM-dd HH:mmaa2008-05-17 01:45PM
yyyy-MM-dd HH:mm:ss.SSS2008-05-17 01:45:55.127
MMMM dd yyyyMay 17 2008
hh:mmaa zzzz01:45PM Pacific Daylight Time

The following examples apply to Decimal fields.

Format StringDisplay Result
<no string>85.0

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