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An extensible date parsing plugin for momentjs


Add support to momentjs for parsing many different date formats with the ability to easily add new formats.

Installation and Usage


Use npm to install moment-parseplus and require it. Be sure to require moment sometime before requiring moment-parseplus. Then just pass a supported date string to moment().

npm install moment-parseplus --save
var moment = require('moment');
var date = moment('March 5th, 2016');


Download and save parseplus.js from GitHub. Include moment.js and then parseplus.js from the appropriate path. Then just pass a supported date string to moment().

<script src="moment.js"></script>
<script src="moment-parseplus.js"></script>
    var date = moment('March 5th, 2016');

Supported format examples

12- and 24-hour Time (preceded by any date format)

  • 8:00:00 pm
  • 08:00p.m.
  • 8:00pm
  • 8:00p
  • 8:00am
  • 8:00a
  • 8am
  • 22:00:00.000
  • 22:00:00
  • 22:00

US Short Date

  • 03/25/2016
  • 03/25/16
  • 3/25/2016
  • 3/25/16
  • 03/25
  • 3/25
  • 03-25-2016
  • 03-25-16
  • 3-25-2016
  • 3-25-16
  • 03-25
  • 3-25

World Short Date

  • 25.03.2016
  • 25.03.16
  • 25.3.2016
  • 25.3.16
  • 25.3

Named Month

  • March 25, 2016
  • 25th of March, 2016
  • Mar 25 2016
  • Mar. 25, 2016
  • Mar 25
  • 25 Mar 2016
  • 25 Mar 16
  • 25 Mar
  • 25-Mar-2016
  • 25-Mar-16
  • 25-Mar


  • +5 hours
  • -2 weeks
  • +8day
  • 3 months ago
  • in 6 hours
  • first day of last month
  • last day of next month
  • etc.


  • now
  • today
  • tomorrow
  • yesterday


  • Tue Jun 22 17:47:27 +0000 2010

Locale Support

The built-in parsers containing month and day names are automatically updated when locale is changed using moment.locale(name).

For example, setting locale to french (by including the locale file or calling moment.locale('fr')), will allow parsing dates such as "15 septembre 2015".

What is this sorcery?

moment provides a moment.createFromInputFallback method you can define to create additional parsing rules. moment-parseplus implements that function and gets invoked when moment fails to parse the given string.

How do I add my own formats?

parseplus has an addParser() function to add a custom parser.

Parsers need to have a name and a matcher. The name allows removing the parser later. The matcher is a RegExp that finds the dates it supports.

There are two different types of parsers. The first is a replacer. It provides replacer and format properties that define how to interpret the pattern matches returned by the matcher.

Replacer Example

var parseplus = require('moment-parseplus');
    name: 'clicks',
    matcher: /^(\d+) days? into month (\d+) in year (\d{4})$/,
    replacer: '$1 $2 $3',
    format: 'DD MM YYYY'

Handler Examples

A handler is a function that receives the match array and should return a date object or a moment object. Two examples are below.

Return a date object

var parseplus = require('moment-parseplus');
    name: 'yesteryear',
    matcher: /^yesteryear$/,
    handler: function(match) {
        var date = new Date();
        return new Date(-1*365*24*60*60*1000 + date);

Return a moment object

var parseplus = require('moment-parseplus');
    name: 'nights',
    matcher: /^(\d+) nights? ago$/,
    handler: function(match) {
        return moment().subtract(match[1] - 0.5, 'days');

Removing Parsing Rules

To remove support for a certain parsing rule, use removeParser()

var parseplus = require('moment-parseplus');

Built-in Parser Names

  • 12h 12-hour time
  • 24h 24-hour time
  • ago Time ago such as "5 months ago"
  • conversational Named months such as "March 14, 2012"
  • conversational-yearless Named months such as "March 14"
  • in Time in the future such as "in 4 weeks"
  • rfc-2822 Date such as "15-Mar-2010", "8 Dec 2011", "Thu, 8 Dec 2011"
  • rfc-2822-yearless Date such as "15-Mar", "8 Dec", "Thu, 8 Dec"
  • plus Addition and subtraction such as "+5 months" or "-30 seconds"
  • today For the strings "now", "today", "tomorrow", "yesterday"
  • twitter Date such as "Tue Jun 22 17:47:27 +0000 2010"
  • us Date such as "3-15-2010" and "3/15/2010"
  • us-yearless Date such as "3-15" and "3/15"
  • world Date such as "15.03.2010" and "15/3/2010"
  • world-yearless Date such as "15.03" and "15/3"

Full Documentation

Full documentation is available on


After cloning this repo and running npm install you can run unit tests on node or in the browser.

Unit Tests on Node

Powered by mocha

npm run test

Unit Tests in the Browser

Also powered by mocha

npm run test-browser

Or open ./test/index.html in any browser.

Test Coverage

Use Istanbul to see how much of the code is covered by unit tests

npm run coverage


Contributions are welcome. Please open a GitHub ticket for bugs or feature requests. Please make a pull request for any fixes or new code you'd like to be incorporated.


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