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The Format tag takes given content and applies various types of formatting to it.


<Format length=60>
<Field description />

The above will trim the field value to maximum length of 60 characters.


Use the case attribute to convert to the following cases.


For example, this:

<Format case=kebab>Hello, world</Format>

..will output: hello-world.


Use the code attribute to escape text for inline <code>, or <pre> block.

<Format code>this & that</Format>

..will output: this &amp; that.

It uses PHP's htmlspecialchars function.


Use the date attribute to apply date formatting.

It uses the excellent Carbon date/time library.

See the Date tag for details on formatting and additionally supported attributes.


<Format date="Y-m-d">today</Format>

..will output: 2022-07-18.

Use date=default to use the site setting from Settings -> General -> Date Format.

<Format date="l j F Y" locale=fr>today</Format>

..will output: lundi 18 juillet 2022.


Use the length attribute to limit to a maximum length of characters.

<Format length=60>
<Field description />

It uses PHP's mb_substr function, which supports UTF-8 multibyte characters.


Use the number attribute to format numbers.

<Format number decimals="2" point="," thousands=".">1000000</Format>

..will output: 1.000.000,00

It uses PHP's number_format function.

Optional attributes are:

  • decimals - Number of decimal places to display
  • point - Character for decimal point
  • thousands - Character for separating thousands


Use the replace and with attributes to replace pieces of text.

<Format replace=" " with="-">555 555 5555</Format>

The above example results in 555-555-5555.

The same attributes are supported in Field tag.

<Field phone_number replace=" " with="-" />

Multiple replaces

To replace multiple different texts, use:

  • replace_2 and with_2
  • replace_3 and with_3

Remove HTML

Use the remove_html attribute to strip content of all HTML tags. For example, the template below would output 12345.

<Format remove_html>
<a href="">123</a><script>alert("hi")</script><b>456</b>


Use the start_slash or end_slash attributes to ensure that a URL or string has a starting or ending slash. Use start_slash=false or end_slash=false to remove the starting or ending slash. For example, the following template would output example/:

<Format start_slash=false end_slash>/example/</Format>

This can be helpful when working with URLs, as shown below.

<a href="{Format end_slash=false}{Field url}{/Format}/child-page">Child page</a>


Use the slug attribute to strip out HTML tags, convert to lowercase, remove special characters, and replace spaces with dashes. For example, the template below would output this-is-a-simple-string.

<Format slug>This is a <em>simple</em> string!</Format>


Use format url_query to encode URL query string.

<Format url_query>?key=value with some spaces</Format>

Usually, this is passed to a link href attribute. It's probably easier to set it to a variable first.

<Set q><Format url_query>..</Format></Set>
<a href="{Get q}"></a>