How do I format the post date in Wordpress?

I have a sidebar where I want to show the most recent posts. Right now it shows the title, date, and an excerpt. The date shows the time which I want to get rid of. I show the date using this: $recent["post_date"]

$args = array( 'numberposts' => '3' );
$recent_posts = wp_get_recent_posts( $args );
foreach( $recent_posts as $recent ){
    echo '<li id="sidebar_text"><b>'.$recent["post_title"].'</b></li><li style="font-size:12px">'.$recent["post_date"].'</li><li><i style="font-size:15px">'.$recent["post_excerpt"].'</i><a href="'.get_permalink($recent["ID"]).'"> Read   More</a></li>';

It shows the date like this: 2013-08-11 18:29:04 and I would like it like this 8-11-2013 and without the time. Thanks in advance.


date('n-j-Y', strtotime($recent['post_date']));

This formats it the way you want. Just replace the $recent['post_date'] in your loop with that.

Whilst Syfaro's answer is correct, best practice is to use WordPress's own function for this.


This defaults to the format set in the WordPress admin settings (Settings -> General), so gives a more accessible solution for future editing - particularly useful if you roll your code in multiple sites, or more importantly if you release it publicly.

Also, don't forget to escape output - check out esc_html and esc_html_e

Replace $recent["post_date"] with mysql2date('n-j-Y', $recent['post_date']).

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