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New in Symfony 4.1: Added support for immutable dates in forms

Valentin Udaltsov

Contributed by
Valentin Udaltsov
in #25582.

The DateTimeImmutable class was introduced in PHP 5.5. It provides the same API as DateTime, but when calling to its modify() or set*() methods, it returns a new DateTimeImmutable object to not change the original value.

In recent Symfony versions we added support for immutable dates in several parts of the framework. In Symfony 4.1 we finished a long-standing petition from the community to add support for immutable dates in Symfony Forms.

When building a form with a DateTimeType, DateType or TimeType field, set their input options to the new datetime_immutable value:

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use Symfony\Component\Form\Extension\Core\Type\DateTimeType;

$builder->add('startsAt', DateTimeType::class, array(
    'input' => 'datetime_immutable',
));

Now you can set a DateTimeImmutable object as the value of this field and when the form is submitted and valid, you'll get a DateTimeImmutable object back with the new value set by the user.


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