Code Quality Rank: L4
Monthly Downloads: 0
Programming language: TypeScript
License: MIT License
Tags: Date     Javascript Timeago     *** Time Ago     Datetime     Timeago    
Latest version: v4.0.2

timeago.js alternatives and similar libraries

Based on the "Date" category.
Alternatively, view timeago.js alternatives based on common mentions on social networks and blogs.

Do you think we are missing an alternative of timeago.js or a related project?

Add another 'Date' Library



timeago.js is a nano library(less than 2 kb) used to format datetime with *** time ago statement. eg: '3 hours ago'.

  • i18n supported.
  • Time ago and time in supported.
  • Real-time render supported.
  • Node and browser supported.
  • Well tested.

Official website. React version here: timeago-react. Python version here: timeago.

npm Version unpkg Build Status Coverage Status Dist gzip npm Download npm License

Such as

just now
12 seconds ago
2 hours ago
3 days ago
3 weeks ago
2 years ago

in 12 seconds
in 3 minutes
in 24 days
in 6 months


  • install
npm install timeago.js
  • import
import { format, render, cancel, register } from 'timeago.js';

or import with script tag in html file and access global variable timeago.

<script src="dist/timeago.min.js"></script>
  • example
// format the time with locale
format('2016-06-12', 'en_US');


Alternatively to NPM, you can also use a CDN which will reflect the latest version as soon as it is published to npm.

<script src="//unpkg.com/timeago.js"></script>


There only 4 API below.

  • format

format(date[, locale = 'en_US', opts]), format a Date instance / timestamp / date string to string.

import { format } from 'timeago.js';

// format timestamp

// format date instance
format(new Date(1544666010224));

// format date string

// format with locale
format(1544666010224, 'zh_CN');

// format with locale and relative date
format(1544666010224, 'zh_CN', { relativeDate: '2018-11-11' });

// e.g.
format(Date.now() - 11 * 1000 * 60 * 60); // returns '11 hours ago'

The default locale is en_US, and the library contains en_US and zh_CN build-in.

  • render & cancel

render(dom[, locale = 'en_US', opts])

Make a dom with datetime attribute automatic rendering and cancel.

HTML code:

<div class="timeago" datetime="2016-06-30 09:20:00"></div>

Javascript code:

import { render, cancel } from 'timeago.js';

const nodes = document.querySelectorAll('.timeago');

// use render method to render nodes in real time
render(nodes, 'zh_CN');

// render with opts
// render(nodes, 'en_US', { minInterval: 3 });

// cancel all real-time render task

// or cancel for the specific one

The 3rd parameter opts contains:

export type Opts = {
  /** the relative date */
  readonly relativeDate?: TDate;
  /** the realtime min update interval */
  readonly minInterval?: number;

The DOM object should have the attribute datetime with date formatted string.

  • register

register(locale, localeFunc), register a new locale, build-in locale contains: en_US, zh_CN, [all locales here](src/lang).

You can register your own language with register API.

const localeFunc = (number: number, index: number, totalSec: number): [string, string] => {
  // number: the timeago / timein number;
  // index: the index of array below;
  // totalSec: total seconds between date to be formatted and today's date;
  return [
    ['just now', 'right now'],
    ['%s seconds ago', 'in %s seconds'],
    ['1 minute ago', 'in 1 minute'],
    ['%s minutes ago', 'in %s minutes'],
    ['1 hour ago', 'in 1 hour'],
    ['%s hours ago', 'in %s hours'],
    ['1 day ago', 'in 1 day'],
    ['%s days ago', 'in %s days'],
    ['1 week ago', 'in 1 week'],
    ['%s weeks ago', 'in %s weeks'],
    ['1 month ago', 'in 1 month'],
    ['%s months ago', 'in %s months'],
    ['1 year ago', 'in 1 year'],
    ['%s years ago', 'in %s years']
// register your locale with timeago
register('my-locale', localeFunc);

// use it
format('2016-06-12', 'my-locale');


  1. The website is based on rmm5t/jquery-timeago which is a nice and featured project but it depends on jQuery.
  2. locale translations: The library needs more locale translations. You can:
  • Open an issue to write the locale translations, or submit a pull request. How to ? see [locales translation](src/lang/).
  • Please test the locale by exec npm test. How to write test cases, see [locales test cases](tests/lang/).



*Note that all licence references and agreements mentioned in the timeago.js README section above are relevant to that project's source code only.