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Mkdocs plugin that enables displaying the localized date of the last git modification of a markdown file.

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MkDocs plugin that enables displaying the date of the last git modification of a page. The plugin uses babel and timeago.js to provide different localized date formats. Initial fork from mkdocs-git-revision-date-plugin.


(Example when used together with the mkdocs-material theme)


Install the plugin using pip3 with the following command:

pip3 install mkdocs-git-revision-date-localized-plugin

Next, add the following lines to your mkdocs.yml:

  - search
  - git-revision-date-localized

If you have no plugins entry in your config file yet, you'll likely also want to add the search plugin. MkDocs enables it by default if there is no plugins entry set.

Note when using build environments

This plugin needs access to the last commit that touched a specific file to be able to retrieve the date. By default many build environments only retrieve the last commit, which means you might need to:

Change your CI settings
  • github actions: set fetch_depth to 0 (docs)
  • gitlab runners: set GIT_DEPTH to 1000 (docs)
  • bitbucket pipelines: set clone: depth: full (docs)


In supported themes

In markdown pages

In your markdown files you can use the {{ git_revision_date_localized }} tag anywhere you'd like:

Last update: {{ git_revision_date_localized }}

Extending existing themes

You can customize an existing theme by overriding blocks or partials and using the page.meta.git_revision_date_localized tag.

To add a revision date to the default mkdocs theme by adding a overrides/partials folder to your docs folder and updating your mkdocs.yml file:

    name: mkdocs
    custom_dir: docs/overrides

And then adding a new file docs/overrides/content.html with the following content:

<!-- Overwrites content.html base mkdocs theme, taken from -->

{% if page.meta.source %}
    <div class="source-links">
    {% for filename in page.meta.source %}
        <span class="label label-primary">{{ filename }}</span>
    {% endfor %}
{% endif %}

{{ page.content }}

{% if page.meta.git_revision_date_localized %}
    <small>Last update: {{ page.meta.git_revision_date_localized }}</small>
{% endif %}


In custom themes

When writing your own custom themes you can use the page.meta.git_revision_date_localized jinja tag:

{% if page.meta.git_revision_date_localized %}
  Last update: {{ page.meta.git_revision_date_localized }}
{% endif %}

You can style the output using CSS: the date outputs are always wrapped in <span class='git-revision-date-localized-plugin git-revision-date-localized-plugin-{type}></span> (where {type} is replaced with the type option set in the plugin).


You can customize the plugin by setting options in mkdocs.yml. For example:

  - git-revision-date-localized:
      type: timeago
      time_zone: Europe/Amsterdam
      locale: en
      fallback_to_build_date: false


Default is date. To change the date format, set the type parameter to one of date, datetime, iso_date, iso_datetime or timeago. Example outputs:

28 November, 2019           # type: date (default)
28 November, 2019 13:57:28  # type: datetime
2019-11-28                  # type: iso_date
2019-11-28 13:57:26         # type: iso_datetime
20 hours ago                # type: timeago


Default is UTC. Specify a time zone database name (reference). This option is especially relevant when using type: datetime and type: iso_datetime. Note that when using timeago (with type: timeago) any difference in time zones between server and client will be handled automatically.


Default is None. Specify a two letter ISO639 language code to display dates in your preferred language.

  • When not set, this plugin will look for locale or language options set in your theme. If also not set, the fallback is English (en)
  • When used in combination with type: date or type: datetime, translation is done using babel which supports these locales
  • When used in combination with type: timeago then timeago.js is added to your website, which supports these locales. If you specify a locale not supported by timeago.js, the fallback is English (en)


Default is false. If set to true the plugin will use the time at mkdocs build instead of the file's last git revision date when git is not available. This means the revision date can be incorrect, but this can be acceptable if you want your project to also successfully build in environments with no access to GIT.


Contributions are very welcome! Please read before putting in any work.

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