I've an animated torque visualization in CartoDB. The Time Column of animation is date type: 2015-07-03T00:00:00Z The visualization is ok, but in the mapview the timeslider write the steps like '07/03/2015' (month/day/year). And I want the timeslider write '3 JUL' (day monthshortname).

How I can do this?

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The Torque formatter is not editable via the CartoDB Editor at this moment. In order to edit it to show a different date format you'd need to use Javascript and the CartoDB.js library.

You can check a working example here, but the key code is:

cartodb.createVis('map', 'YOUR_TORQUE_VIZJSON_URL')
        .done(function(vis, layers) {
          //For CartoDB.js versions 3.12 an up
          var slider = vis.timeSlider;
          //For CartoDB.js version 3.11
          //var slider = vis.getOverlay('time_slider')

          slider.formatter(function(d) {

            return d.getUTCDay() + " " + d.getUTCMonth();

        .error(function(err) {

You might want to edit the line that returns the formatted line, in this case "return d.getUTCDay() + " " + d.getUTCMonth();". This StackOverflow question could be useful in this case.

  • Hi! Thank you for the answer, but the solution does not work. This is my code: code'<script> function main() { cartodb.createVis('map', 'grupovocento.cartodb.com/u/colpisa/api/v2/viz/…) .done(function(vis, layers) { var slider = vis.getOverlay('time_slider') slider.formatter(function(d) { return d.getUTCDay() + " de Julio"; }) }) .error(function(err) { console.log(err); }); } window.onload = main; </script>code Jul 22, 2015 at 12:08
  • The timeslider not change, is the same (07/03/2015). In the [link] (bl.ocks.org/iriberri/df90d4d4662202894d65) example does not work, because the timeslider is (09/03/2009) (month/day/year) too and the code of the example is codereturn d.getUTCMonth()+"-"+ d.getUTCDay() + " "+ d.getUTCHours() + ":"+ d.getUTCMinutes();code The hours and the minutes does not writed. Jul 22, 2015 at 12:16
  • Oh, I actually updated the version of the CDB.js library without doing the appropriate change. I have fixed the example but it might be cached some time in blocks yet. For CartoDB.js versions 3.12 and up you need to get the timeslider element as var slider = vis.timeSlider;. I have updated the answer too.
    – iriberri
    Jul 22, 2015 at 13:04
  • Ok, is fixed!!! The code was wrong. The correct code is var slider = vis.timeSlider; This is my new and ok code code.done(function(vis, layers) { var slider = vis.getOverlay('time_slider') vis.timeSlider.formatter(function(d) { return d.getUTCDate() + " de julio"; }) }) .error(function(err) { console.log(err); }); } window.onload = main;code Thank you so much!!! Jul 22, 2015 at 20:42
  • If the responses were useful, could you mark your question as answered? :)
    – iriberri
    Jul 23, 2015 at 12:40

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