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A wrapper library for PHP to format and internationalize values in messages like sprintf

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Why using this library?

Internationalisation is a very important matter when a PHP project covers more than just one country. Every country has its own format for numbers, date or time. The Intl component offers functionality to handle all the formats you need, but not always in a simple way.

This library formats messages using the Intl component of PHP and offers a sprintf-like API.


echo $intlFormat->format('Today\'s number is %number', 1000.3);
// echo "Today's number is 1'000,3" in case of locale de_CH
// echo "Today's number is 1,000.3" in case of locale en_US

It is also easy extensible with your own custom formats.

Does it affect GDPR somehow?

Intl-Format itself uses the given data (e.g. timezone, locale) only for formatting purposes with the help of the PHP Intl extension.


You can install this with Composer.

composer require senseexception/intl-format


The common way to use Intl-Format is the Factory with already prepared formats for numbers, date, time and timezone values. There are some predefined type specifier that can be used with a prefix percent symbol, just like in sprintf.

$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');

$date = new DateTime();

echo $intlFormat->format('Today is %date_short', $date);
// "Today is 3/1/16"

Like sprintf, you can have multiple values been formatted in your message:

$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');

$date = new DateTime();
$number = 1002.25;

echo $intlFormat->format('At %time_short the value was %number', $date, $number);
// "At 5:30 AM the value was 1,002.25"

Intl-Format also supports argument swapping:

$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');

$date = new DateTime();
$number = 1002.25;

echo $intlFormat->format('At %2$time_short the value was %1$number', $number, $date);
// "At 5:30 AM the value was 1,002.25"

In case something's not right with the value for the given type specifier, a Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Exception\InvalidValueException is thrown. In case your type specifier isn't well formed to the given values, a Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Exception\InvalidTypeSpecifierException is thown. Be sure to catch those Exceptions.

You can catch every Exception of Intl-Format by using Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Exception\IntlFormatException.

Predefined formats

Here are some lists of predefined type specifiers and their formats, that are already usable in Intl-Format.


type specifier allowed value types
number float, integer
integer integer
currency float, integer
percent float, integer
spellout float, integer
ordinal integer
$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');

echo $intlFormat->format('%number', 1002.25);
// "1,002.25"
echo $intlFormat->format('%.4number', 1002.25);
// "1,002.2500"
echo $intlFormat->format('%integer', 1002.25);
// "1,002"
echo $intlFormat->format('%percent', 1);
// "100%"
echo $intlFormat->format('%spellout', 1);
// "one"
echo $intlFormat->format('%ordinal', 1);
// "1st"
echo $intlFormat->format('%currency', 1.1);
// "$1.10"

The type specifier number also allows fraction digits similar to sprintf by adding a dot with an amount of digits.

Date and time

type specifier allowed value types
duration integer
date (alias for date_medium) integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_short integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_medium integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_long integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_full integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_weekday integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_month_name integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_year integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_month integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
date_day integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
time (alias for time_medium) integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
time_medium integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
time_long integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
time_full integer, DateTime, DateTimeImmutable, IntlCalendar
$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');

echo $intlFormat->format('%duration', 61);
// 1:01

$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('de_DE');

echo $intlFormat->format('%date_short', new DateTime());
// 01.03.16
echo $intlFormat->format('%date_medium', new DateTime());
// 01.03.2016
echo $intlFormat->format('%date_long', new DateTime());
// 1. März 2016
echo $intlFormat->format('%date_full', new DateTime());
// Dienstag, 1. März 2016

echo $intlFormat->format('%time_short', new DateTime());
// 01:20
echo $intlFormat->format('%time_medium', new DateTime());
// 01:20:50
echo $intlFormat->format('%time_long', new DateTime());
// 01:20:50 GMT


In some countries / locales there are time changes to daylight saving time (summer) and standard time (winter). If an instance of DateTimeZone or IntlTimeZone is given, the formatter assumes the timezone is of the current server time.

type specifier allowed value types
timeseries_id DateTimeInterface, DateTimeZone, IntlTimeZone
timeseries_name DateTimeInterface, DateTimeZone, IntlTimeZone
timeseries_short DateTimeInterface, DateTimeZone, IntlTimeZone
$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');

echo $intlFormat->format('%timeseries_id', new DateTime());
// "US/Arizona"
echo $intlFormat->format('%timeseries_name', new DateTime());
// "Mountain Standard Time"
echo $intlFormat->format('%timeseries_short', new DateTime());
// "MST"


type specifier allowed value types
region string (valid locale)
language string (valid locale)
$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');

echo $intlFormat->format('They lived in %region', 'de_DE');
// "They lived in Germany"
echo $intlFormat->format('Do you speak %language?', 'de_DE');
// "Do you speak German?"

Additional formatters

These formatters are optional and can be loaded after IntlFormat was created.

formatter description
SprintfFormatter Provides the known sprintf type specifier
ExceptionFormatter Allows to format messages, code and more of Throwables

Create your custom formatter

You can extend this library with your own type specifiers and formats by using the Formatter interface Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Formatter\FormatterInterface.

use Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Formatter\FormatterInterface;

class MyFormatter implements FormatterInterface
    public function has(string $typeSpecifier) : bool
        return 'my_type_specifier' === $typeSpecifier;
    public function formatValue(string $typeSpecifier, $value) : string
        return $value . 'Bar';

$intlFormat = (new Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Factory())->createIntlFormat('en_US');
$intlFormat->addFormatter(new MyFormatter());

echo $intlFormat->format('My value is %my_type_specifier', 'foo');
// "My value is fooBar"

The method FormatterInterface::has() checks if the given type specifier is part of your formatter. It is used internally in the class Budgegeria\IntlFormat\IntlFormat. If the type specifier is part of the formatter, the value will be formatted with FormatterInterface::formatValue(). Be sure to check if the given value is a valid one for your formatter or throw a Budgegeria\IntlFormat\Exception\InvalidValueException.


You can override a type specifier by adding a formatter containing an already existing type specifier to the IntlFormat instance. It doesn't override a whole Formatter instance, only individual type specifier.