How to get the time difference from now in a Django template ?

Published: February 05, 2021

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Examples of how to get the time difference from now in a Django template:

Time since now

Let's take for example the following model (defined in file):

class Post(models.Model):
    content = models.TextField()
    date_created = models.DateTimeField(

and a view:

def my_view(request):
    post_obj_list = Post.objects.all()
    context = {'post_obj_list':post_obj_list}
    return render(request, "myapp/post.html", context )

If we want to show the time since a post has been created in a django template a solution is to use timesince:

{% for post_obj in post_obj_list %}

{{ post_obj.date_created|timesince }}

{% endfor %}

It will show the time since now when the post has been created for example:

1 hour 19 minutes

Time since a given date

Note: it is also possible to get the time since agiven date using the following syntax:

{{ post_obj.date_created|timesince:thread_date  }}

replace "thread_date" by a datetime object.