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Gets the current preferred date and time format for the system locale.

Header File

Defined in <SDL3/SDL_time.h>


int SDL_GetDateTimeLocalePreferences(SDL_DateFormat *dateFormat, SDL_TimeFormat *timeFormat);

Function Parameters

SDL_DateFormat * dateFormat a pointer to the SDL_DateFormat to hold the returned date format, may be NULL.
SDL_TimeFormat * timeFormat a pointer to the SDL_TimeFormat to hold the returned time format, may be NULL.

Return Value

(int) Returns 0 on success or a negative error code on failure; call SDL_GetError() for more information.


This might be a "slow" call that has to query the operating system. It's best to ask for this once and save the results. However, the preferred formats can change, usually because the user has changed a system preference outside of your program.


This function is available since SDL 3.0.0.

CategoryAPI, CategoryAPIFunction, CategoryTime

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