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This environment variable defines the date format used as the default in the app and by date returning functions like date() and date#(). The format is used to interpret and format dates. If the variable is not defined, the date format set by your regional settings is fetched when the script runs.



DateFormat Function examples
Example Result
Set DateFormat='M/D/YY'; //(US format) This use of the DateFormat function defines the date as the US format, month/day/year.
Set DateFormat='DD/MM/YY'; //(UK date format) This use of the DateFormat function defines the date as the UK format, day/month/year.
Set DateFormat='YYYY/MM/DD'; //(ISO date format) This use of the DateFormat function defines the date as the ISO format, year/month/day.

Regional settings

Unless otherwise specified, the examples in this topic use the following date format: MM/DD/YYYY. The date format is specified in the SET DateFormat statement in your data load script. The default date formatting may be different in your system, due to your regional settings and other factors. You can change the formats in the examples below to suit your requirements. Or you can change the formats in your load script to match these examples. For more information, see Modifying regional settings for apps and scripts.

Default regional settings in apps are based on the user profile. These regional format settings are not related to the language displayed in the Qlik Cloud user interface. Qlik Cloud will be displayed in the same language as the browser you are using.

If you are an app creator, you can set the default region for apps you create. For more information, see Setting your preferred regional settings for creating apps and scripts in Qlik Cloud Analytics.

Example 1 – System variables default

Example 2 – Change system variable

Example 3 – Date interpretation

Example 4 – Foreign date formatting

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