This should be a easy question, but I didn't find answer from googling. The date format I wan is: Month(letter), Year(numerical). For example, I want: November, 2014. Of course, I can manually achieve this requirement. But I think LaTeX can do better. Any ideas will be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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    How do you want to use it? Do you want to specify it using a regular date-like format, yet LaTeX should output it using (only) "Month, Year"? As in, \mydate{2014/11/14} should output November, 2014?
    – Werner
    Nov 14 '14 at 18:37
  • Thanks Werner for the swift reply! I am not sure how to specify it, but the ultimate output I want is: month, year. For example: November, 2014. If I put \date{\today}, it will contain date which I do not want.
    – Daryl
    Nov 14 '14 at 18:43

You can use the datetime package to customize the formatting; a little complete example:


  \monthname[\THEMONTH], \THEYEAR}





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With datetime2 package, there is at least two ways to achieve this. The first is a bit similar to the answer by Gonzalo:


  \DTMenglishmonthname{\@dtm@month}, \@dtm@year




datetime2 the first way

The other way, I think, is more LaTeXian:







datetime2 the second way

Some notes:

  • For the first way to work, english parameter for \documentclass seems to be required. Alternatively, english can be omitted and en-US or en-GB given for datetime2 as \usepackage[en-US]{datetime2}
  • The second way requires en-US or en-GB even when english has been given for \documentclass.
  • The ways were tested with pdflatex, version pdfTeX 3.14159265-2.6-1.40.16 (TeX Live 2015).

More details are provided in:

  • This seems to be outdated. One way to get it in the new paradigm is \usepackage[calc]{datetime2}, then \DTMsavenow{mytoday} and then \DTMmonthname{\DTMfetchmonth{mytoday}}~\DTMfetchday{mytoday}, \DTMfetchyear{mytoday} (obviously, leave out the fetching of the day if you don't want that). Jun 13 at 10:11

A simple solution that requires no extra packages is the following:


\renewcommand{\today}{\ifcase \month \or January\or February\or March\or %
April\or May \or June\or July\or August\or September\or October\or November\or %
December\fi, \number \year} 


The result:

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    This is the best answer, in my opinion. Apr 22 '20 at 20:53
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    This is the worst answer, in my opinion.
    – MehmedB
    Jul 12 '20 at 10:18
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    Both of your comments are not helpful, in my opinion, as they don't say 'why' May 8 at 12:22
  • I would propose to simply create a new command rather than redefining \today Sep 23 at 6:04

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