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Available from version 1.22.0 (Gerrit change 45677)
Pre-emptively override the relative timestamp generated by MWTimestamp::getRelativeTimestamp(). Return false in this hook to use the custom output.
Define function:
public static function onGetRelativeTimestamp( string $output, DateInterval &$diff, MWTimestamp $timestamp, MWTimestamp $relativeTo, User $user, Language $lang ) { ... }
Attach hook:

In extension.json:

	"Hooks": {
		"GetRelativeTimestamp": "MyExtensionHooks::onGetRelativeTimestamp"
Called from:File(s): MWTimestamp.php
Function(s): getRelativeTimestamp

For more information about attaching hooks, see Manual:Hooks .
For examples of extensions using this hook, see Category:GetRelativeTimestamp extensions.


  • &$output: string for the output timestamp
  • &$diff: DateInterval representing the difference between the timestamps
  • $timestamp: MWTimestamp object of the current (user-adjusted) timestamp
  • $relativeTo: MWTimestamp object of the relative (user-adjusted) timestamp
  • $user: User whose preferences are being used to make timestamp
  • $lang: Language that will be used to render the timestamp