Ben Borgers

How to format relative date with Node.js

April 29, 2020

A relative date is something like “23 minutes ago”, “1 day ago”, or “3 months ago”.

My favorite Node.js package for formatting a normal Date object into a nice string is tiny-relative-date.

First, install the package:

npm install tiny-relative-date

Then, you can use it like this:

const relativeDate = require("tiny-relative-date"); // import the package

const date = new Date(); // any javascript date object

console.log(relativeDate(date)); // this returns the relative date

Done! Now you’ve got relative dates in Node.js.