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How do i get a list of months names between two dates.

I would like to get a list of month names between two dates. How do I acchieve that?

Date1: 2015-10-10 Date2: 2016-11-11

thanks für help

2 Answers

Emiliano Ceccon
Emiliano Ceccon
931 Points


You can use the class "DateTime" to representing a date, in this case you would need two variables and that each one instantiate this class by passing as an argument the start (2015-10-10) and end date (2016-11-11). Then you establish a period instantiating the class "DateInterval", passing it the interval needed as an argument, in this case would be a month. As last configuration, you need to instantiate the class "DatePeriod", passing it as arguments, the start date, the interval and the end date. To access the dates you would use a foreach construct, and you would apply a date format using the "format" method.

I wrote an example to make it easier to understand (tested in PHP 5.4.x):


$startDate = new DateTime('2015-10-10');
$endDate = new DateTime('2016-11-11');

$dateInterval = new DateInterval('P1M');
$datePeriod   = new DatePeriod($startDate, $dateInterval, $endDate);

$monthCount = 0;

foreach ($datePeriod as $date) {
    echo "{$date->format('F')} ({$date->format('Y-m')})<br \>";


echo "<br \>{$monthCount} months in total";


If you run this example on the console, you should replace the HTML tag by the predefined constant "PHP_EOL" to indicate a new line, the code can be simplified, I wrote it in this way, lengthy, to make it more understandable, I leave the challenge to you!

You can get more information about how to treat with dates and times in PHP: Date and Time Related Extensions

I hope I've helpful to you!

thanks alot.