Highchart and Highstock dateFormat function format example

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Highcharts will automatically try to find the best format for the current zoom-range. This is done if the xAxis has the type 'datetime'. Next the unit of the current zoom is calculated, it could be one of:

  • second
  • minute
  • hour
  • day
  • week
  • month
  • year

This unit is then used find a format for the axis labels. The default patterns are:
second: '%H:%M:%S',
minute: '%H:%M',
hour: '%H:%M',
day: '%e. %b',
week: '%e. %b',
month: '%b \'%y',
year: '%Y'

If you want the day to be part of the “hour”-level labels you should change the dateTimeLabelFormatsoption for that level include %d or %e. These are the available patters:

  • %a: Short weekday, like ‘Mon’.
  • %A: Long weekday, like ‘Monday’.
  • %d: Two digit day of the month, 01 to 31.
  • %e: Day of the month, 1 through 31.
  • %b: Short month, like ‘Jan’.
  • %B: Long month, like ‘January’.
  • %m: Two digit month number, 01 through 12.
  • %y: Two digits year, like 09 for 2009.
  • %Y: Four digits year, like 2009.
  • %H: Two digits hours in 24h format, 00 through 23.
  • %I: Two digits hours in 12h format, 00 through 11.
  • %l (Lower case L): Hours in 12h format, 1 through 11.
  • %M: Two digits minutes, 00 through 59.
  • %p: Upper case AM or PM.
  • %P: Lower case AM or PM.
  • %S: Two digits seconds, 00 through 59

Example toolkip format:

                        useHTML: true,
                        formatter: function() {
                            var d = new Date(this.x);
                            var s = '';
                            s+='<b>Time:'+Highcharts.dateFormat('%Y-%B-%d %H:%M:%S.',  this.x)  +d.getMilliseconds()+'</b>';
                            $.each(this.points, function(i, point) {
                                s += '
<span style="color: '+point.series.color+';">'+point.series.name +'</span>'+': '+
                            return s;
                    shared: true


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