@Html.DisplayFor - DateFormat (“mm/dd/yyyy”)

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I have the following razor code that I want to have mm/dd/yyyy date format: 

Audit Date: @Html.DisplayFor(Model => Model.AuditDate)

I have tried number of different approaches but none of that approaches works in my situation 

my AuditDate is a DateTime? type 

I have tried something like this and got this error: 

@Html.DisplayFor(Model => Model.AuditDate.Value.ToShortDateString())

Additional information: Templates can be used only with field access, property access, single-dimension array index, or single-parameter custom indexer expressions. 

Tried this: 

@Html.DisplayFor(Model => Model.AuditDate.ToString("mm/dd/yyyy"))

No overload for method 'ToString' takes 1 arguments

  1. Re: @Html.DisplayFor - DateFormat (“mm/dd/yyyy”)

    If you use DisplayFor, then you have to either define the format via the DisplayFormat attribute or use a custom display template. 

    [DisplayFormat(DataFormatString = "{0:MM/dd/yyyy}")]

    public DateTime? AuditDate { get; set; }

    Or create the view Views\Shared\DisplayTemplates\DateTime.cshtml: 

    @model DateTime?
    if (Model.HasValue)

    That will apply to all DateTimes, though, even ones where you're encoding the time as well. If you want it to apply only to date-only properties, then use Views\Shared\DisplayTemplates\Date.cshtml and the DataType attribute on your property: 

    public DateTime? AuditDate { get; set; }

    The final option is to just not use DisplayFor and just render the property directly:


    @if (Model.AuditDate.HasValue)

      Modified On Apr-09-2018 04:28:15 AM