The date format for <input type="date"> fields in my browser always show up using MM/dd/yyyy format. However not being American I prefer dd/MM/yyyy.

I have found several sources indicating this is dictated by the order of languages in "Language and input settings..." however this seems to have no effect. I have tried putting in, en_UK and en_AU above en_US. en_US cannot be removed from the list.

I am using Chrome Version 56.0.2924.87 (64-bit) on Linux Mint.

Date input with 2nd of January 2016 in MM/dd/yyyy format

How do I change the date format of date input fields in Chrome?

  • 1
    What is your OS long date format set as?
    – DavidPostill
    Mar 9, 2017 at 11:23
  • It looks like this was it. I had previously changed it but not restarted my system after changing, only the browser. Changing the system language to en_GB. Before I had language = en_US, and region = is, and had assumed date format came from region, not language. Mar 9, 2017 at 14:12

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You cannot.

There is no a HTML specification to change this. https://developer.mozilla.org/en-US/docs/Web/HTML/Element/input/date

I think you still must use a jQuery plugin.

  • "the displayed date is formatted based on the locale of the user's browser" Feb 27, 2020 at 15:24

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