Appsheet TODAY() formatting

I have an issue with the way AppSheet formats a date with the TODAY() function.

I use TODAY() in a workflow in order to create a new folder based on the current day, in OneDrive. Here, OneDrive seems to format the date automatically to DD-MM-YYYY i.e. 24-02-2020. This is fine.
I also use TODAY() to create a filepath to the same folder, but as this is stored in the spreadsheet AppSheet seems to work with (D)D.(M)M.YYYY i.e. 24.2.2020.

I fixed the dots by using SUBSTITUTE to replace dots with dashes but then I still get 24-2-2020, when I need it to be 24-02-2020. I guess I could use SUBSTITUTE() for this as well, but then I’d have to make a case for all the days and months where I need to add a 0, no?
The spreadsheet is in Excel, but the formatting doesn’t seem to happen on the spreadsheet level, at least not at a quick glance.

Any help is appreciated!

I believe default date formatting is for AppSheet is determined by the locale of the device, and that’s it. But luckily for you, you can just wrap TODAY() in a TEXT() formatting.



As @Bahbus notes, locales play a big role in how dates are presented. I agree with him that your best bet is to wrap TODAY() with TEXT() to generate a date in exactly the format you want.

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Also, if you would like to show text for the month (e.g. “FEB” instead of “2”) check out the following:

    "January", "February", "March",
    "April", "May", "June",
    "July", "August", "September",
    "October", "November", "December"

This could be enclosed in a CONCATENATE() expression. You can even use IF() to format the date differently, depending what other values will be shown with it.


Or also TEXT(TODAY(),"MMMM") :grin:

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Thanks! I had missed that. Good to know!

The “index” and “concatenate” approach has the advantage of making it possible to accommodate just about any language (as far as I know, at least) without depending on existing formats. Here’s something I just did on my app:

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