Lit Relative Date Time

A Flutter package to generate relative dates to show differences in time in localized and human-readable format.

Screenshots

Difference in seconds (eng. locale)Difference in seconds (ger. locale)
Difference in seconds (eng. locale)Difference in seconds (ger. locale)

How it works

The RelativeDateTime takes two DateTime objects and calculates the difference in time of both dates. This relative time difference is then used for localizing and formatting the expression in human-readable format.

How to use

First the delegates and supported locales should be declared on your MaterialApp to enable localization for your app:

localizationsDelegates: [
  GlobalMaterialLocalizations.delegate,
  GlobalWidgetsLocalizations.delegate,
  GlobalCupertinoLocalizations.delegate,
],
// Set the supported locales according to the localizations you have
// implmented on your application.
supportedLocales: [
  const Locale('en'), // English, no country code
  const Locale('de'), // German, no country code
  const Locale('ru'), // Russian, no country code
],

To display localized and formatted dates relative to another date in human-readable format, first a RelativeDateTime object should be created:

    RelativeDateTime _relativeDateTime =
        RelativeDateTime(dateTime: DateTime.now(), other: _otherDateTime);

Next the RelativeDateFormat object can be initialized. It will enable formatting the previously created RelativeDateTime:

RelativeDateFormat _relativeDateFormatter = RelativeDateFormat(
    Localizations.localeOf(context),
);

If you want to provide your own Localizations, you can do so by passing the optional localizations argument, which contains a list of RelativeDateLocalization objects:

RelativeDateFormat _relativeDateFormatter = RelativeDateFormat(
      Localizations.localeOf(context),
      localizations: [
        RelativeDateLocalization(
          languageCode: 'en',
          timeUnitsSingular: ['second', 'minute', 'hour', 'day', 'year'],
          timeUnitsPlural: ['seconds', 'minutes', 'hours', 'days', 'years'],
          prepositionPast: 'ago',
          prepositionFuture: 'in',
          atTheMoment: 'now',
          formatOrderPast: [
            FormatComponent.value,
            FormatComponent.unit,
            FormatComponent.preposition
          ],
          formatOrderFuture: [
            FormatComponent.preposition,
            FormatComponent.value,
            FormatComponent.unit,
          ],
        )
      ],
    );

Now the RelativeDateFormat's format() method can be called, which takes the RelativeDateTime as an argument in order to format the RelativeDateTime to display the string on e.g. a Text widget:

Text(relativeDateFormatter.format(relativeDateTime))

The Example app can provide further details on implementing relative dates.

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Example

The example folder contains an example app demonstrating the most basic implementation using a local JSON asset file.

License

The source code of this repository is distributed under the BSD 3-Clause license as specified in the LICENSE file.

Libraries

constants
lit_relative_date_time
A Flutter package to generate relative dates to show differences in time in localized and human-readable format. [...]
lit_time_unit
relative_date_format
relative_date_localization
relative_date_time
relative_date_time_controller
time_difference