Sam Sam - 4 months ago 15
PHP Question

Simplest way to display current month/year in PHP like "Aug 2016"?

What is the shortest, simplest code to generate the curent month in Full English like

September
or short as three letter version like
Feb
and then add the current Year
2011


So the code will, depending on the month and year, echo things like:

August 2016
or
Aug 2016
etcettera

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Answer

Full version:

<? echo date('F Y'); ?>

Short version:

<? echo date('M Y'); ?>

Here is a good reference for the different date options.

update

To show the previous month we would have to introduce the mktime() function and make us of the optional timestamp parameter for the date() function. Like this:

echo date('F Y', mktime(0, 0, 0, date('m')-1, 1, date('Y')));

This will also work (it's typically used to get the last day of the previous month):

echo date('F Y', mktime(0, 0, 0, date('m'), 0, date('Y')));

Hope that helps.