I am trying to check a date format to see if I can check the data variable has certain format like MM-DD-YYYY. if not, then exit(). I am not sure how to check the format and would appreciate if any one can help me about it. Thanks...

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Written by user401184

Accepted Answer

Use a regular expression, as others have suggested. The ones posted before will accept invalid dates such as 99/99/9999 however. Here's an improved regex (lifed from here)

$date_regex = '!^(0[1-9]|1[012])[- /.](0[1-9]|[12][0-9]|3[01])[- /.](19|20)\d\d$!';
if (preg_match($date_regex, $date)) {
   // do something

It will only take valid dates and it will also accept different separators (such as 05.20.2002 and 05-02-2002).

If you ask me it's bad user experience to force them to enter a particular format. YOU can handle different formats using strtotime().

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