vue-timeago : A timeago component Vue.js

vue-timeago : A timeago component Vue.js

vue-timeago vue-timeago is a simple vue component used to format date with *** time ago statement. A timeago component Vue.js Basic demo i18n support For all supported languages, see /locales, it's easy to add a new lang

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A timeago component Vue.js


yarn add vue-timeago
# or
npm i vue-timeago

CDN: UNPKG | jsDelivr (available as window.VueTimeago)


For usages on version 4, please check out this branch.

import VueTimeago from 'vue-timeago'

Vue.use(VueTimeago, {
  name: 'Timeago', // Component name, `Timeago` by default
  locale: 'en', // Default locale
  // We use `date-fns` under the hood
  // So you can use all locales from it
  locales: {
    'zh-CN': require('date-fns/locale/zh_cn'),
    ja: require('date-fns/locale/ja')

Then in your lovely component:

<!-- simple usage -->
<!-- time is a dateString that can be parsed by Date.parse() -->
<timeago :datetime="time"></timeago>

<!-- Auto-update time every 60 seconds -->
<timeago :datetime="time" :auto-update="60"></timeago>

<!-- custom locale -->
<!-- use a different locale instead of the global config -->
<timeago :datetime="time" locale="zh-CN"></timeago>

Plugin options

Vue.use(VueTimeago, pluginOptions)


  • Type: { [localeName: string]: any }

An object of locales.


  • Type: string

The default locale name.


  • Type: (date, locale, converterOptions) => string

A converter that formats regular dates in xxx ago or in xxx style.

Check out our default converter which uses date-fns/distance_in_words_to_now under the hood.


  • Type: Object

Provide an object which will be available as argument converterOptions in the converter we mentioned above.

Our default converter supports most options that date-fns/distance_in_words_to_now library supports, namely:

  • includeSeconds: (default: false) distances less than a minute are more detailed
  • addSuffix: (default: true) result specifies if the second date is earlier or later than the first



  • Type: Date string number
  • Required: true

The datetime to be formatted .


  • Type: number boolean
  • Default: false

The period to update the component, in seconds.

You can omit this prop or set it to 0 or false to disable auto-update.

When true it will be equivalent to 60.


Just like the locale option in the plugin options, but this could override the global one.


Just like the converter option in the plugin options, but this could override the global one.


Just like the converterOptions option in the plugin options, but this could override the global one.


Update Locale Globally

Vue.use(VueTimeago, {
  locale: 'en',
  locales: {
    'zh-CN': require('date-fns/locale/zh_cn')

In your components you can use this.$timeago.locale to access the global locale, in this case it's en, the <timeago> component will get updated when you set it to another valid locale, e.g. this.$timeago.locale = 'zh-CN'.

What about the good old vue-timeago v3?

The older version (700 bytes gzipped) is much smaller than the current version (2.8kB gzipped) that uses date-fns.

But the current version gives more precise result (and hopefully handles more edge cases), and we don't need to maintain a big list of locale messages because date-fns already did it for us.


# for dev
yarn example

# build in cjs es umd format
yarn build



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