a jQuery plugin


Timeago is a jQuery plugin that makes it easy to support automatically updating fuzzy timestamps (e.g. "4 minutes ago" or "about 1 day ago"). Download, view the examples, and enjoy.

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Ryan was born Dec 18, 1978.


Timeago was originally built for use with Yarp.com to timestamp comments.


First, load jQuery and the plugin:

<script src="jquery.min.js" type="text/javascript"></script>
<script src="jquery.timeago.js" type="text/javascript"></script>

Now, let's attach it to your timestamps on DOM ready:

jQuery(document).ready(function() {

This will turn all abbr elements with a class of timeago and an ISO 8601 timestamp in the title:

<abbr class="timeago" title="2008-07-17T09:24:17Z">July 17, 2008</abbr>

into something like this:

<abbr class="timeago" title="July 17, 2008">time ago</abbr>

which yields: July 17, 2008. As time passes, the timestamps will automatically update.

You can also use it programmatically:

jQuery.timeago(new Date());             //=> ""
jQuery.timeago("2008-07-17");           //=> ""
jQuery.timeago(jQuery("abbr#some_id")); //=> ""     // [title="2008-07-20"]

To support timestamps in the future, use the allowFuture setting:

jQuery.timeago.settings.allowFuture = true;


Yes, timeago has locale/i18n/language support. Here are some configuration examples. Please submit a GitHub pull request for corrections or additional languages.


Download the "stable" release.

The code is hosted on GitHub: http://github.com/rmm5t/jquery-timeago. Go on, live on the edge.


Timeago was built by Ryan McGeary (@rmm5t) while standing on the shoulders of giants. John Resig wrote about a similar approach. The verbiage was based on the distance_of_time_in_words ActionView helper in Ruby on Rails.


Timeago was conceived on July 17, 2008. (Yup, that's powered by timeago too)

What else?

HTML5 has a new time tag and timeago supports it too.

<time class="timeago" datetime="2008-07-17T09:24:17Z">July 17, 2008</time>

Attach timeago like so:

jQuery(document).ready(function() {

Are you concerned about time zone support? Don't be. Timeago handles this too. As long as your timestamps are in ISO 8601 format and include a full time zone designator (±hhmm), everything should work out of the box regardless of the time zone that your visitors live in.


Need a Rails helper to make those fancy microformat abbr tags? Fine, here ya go:

def timeago(time, options = {})
  options[:class] ||= "timeago"
  content_tag(:abbr, time.to_s, options.merge(:title => time.getutc.iso8601)) if time

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