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Alex Leblois
Alex Leblois

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Posted on    April-15-2015 7:08 AM

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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

Kamlakar Singh
Kamlakar Singh

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Posted on    April-15-2015 7:45 AM

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)




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