The threads I have seen are from 2009...

Is there a solution for this in 2018?

Something that would dynamically set current date as default?

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I am not sure if this is possible through UI configuration. The form only allows you to enter valid date but not now(), CURRENT_DATE() etc. However it is definitely possible by adding a small code in a extension.

  1. Create and enable a new CiviCRM extension
  2. Implement the hook_civicrm_buildForm in your extension

For the appropriate variable do:

function ext_civicrm_buildForm($formName, &$form) {
  if ($formName == 'REPLACE_WITH_FORMNAME') {
    $defaultDate = [];
    $defaults['custom_XXX'] = $defaultDate;
  • Thanks, but in what file do I input this code? What exact path? Oct 6, 2018 at 22:30
  • You will need to create a extension using Civix and then implement the hook. Oct 6, 2018 at 23:09
  • That sounds a little complicated...when I create a contact, on the bottom of the form is says: "Last Change by: Bruno Vincent (September 11th, 2018 4:43 PM) » " , now what I would like is a filed that shows up in views displaying a datecreated field, how could I do that? Oct 7, 2018 at 0:25
  • I am getting error on civi 5.65, is this still functional ? @PradeepNayak-CircleInt.
    – Tapash
    Sep 18, 2023 at 16:51
  • Nope, that's just the snippet Sep 19, 2023 at 14:42

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