Template:Date difference

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This template is used to calculate the number of days between two given dates, or one date and the current date. (More features can be added as needed.)

Use the "formatnum" magic word to add thousands separators when desired.

This template makes use of Lua code at Module:Date difference. Please use the template rather than invoking the module directly.


  • first unnamed parameter: the start date.
  • second unnamed parameter: (optional) the end date; defaults to the current date.

Each parameter must be in one of the following formats in order for the software to recognize the date unambiguously:

  • January 31, 2020
  • 31 January 2020
  • 2020-01-31


  • {{date difference|January 27, 2006}} produces: 5657
  • {{formatnum:{{date difference|January 27, 2006}}}} produces: 5,657
  • {{date difference|August 31, 2015|November 17, 2016}} produces: 444

The above documentation is transcluded from Template:Date difference/doc.