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The function FileDateTime(Text As String) takes file location path as input parameter string, and returns characters containing date and time of creation or last modification of a file. The result if no format is specified is: MM/DD/YYYY HH:MM:SS. For example MsgBox FileDateTime("/home/user1/Documents/foo.odt").

This function was in fact subject to bug tdf#63306 in some intermediate versions of LibreOffice.

The LibreOffice API[1] allows you to circumvent this bug and also offers other powerful file access functions.

The example shown below shows how to retreive the date and time of creation or last modification for a file via the method getDateTimeModified.[2]

The method takes in a URL, and returns a struct called DateTime[3]. The displaying of the result is acheived by conversion via CDateFromUnoDateTime or by the function Format[4].


In LibreOffice Basic:

Option Explicit

Sub DateTimeInfo()
    '''Display date & time last modified for a specified file'''

    Dim oSFA        As Object
    Dim oDateFile   As New
    Dim sUrl        As String
    sUrl = "/home/user1/Documents/foo.odt"
    oSFA = createUnoService("")
    oDateFile = oSFA.getDateTimeModified(convertToURL(sUrl))
    MsgBox CDateFromUnoDateTime(oDateFile),0, "DateTimeInfo()"
    With oDateFile
        MsgBox  "Date & time last modified info from" & CHR$(10) & _
                sURL & " :"  &  CHR$(10) & CHR$(10) & _
                .year & format(.month, "-00-") & format(.day, "00") & " " & _
                format(.hours, " \@\ 00") & format(.minutes, "\:00\:") & format(.seconds, "00") _
                ,0, "DateTimeInfo()"
    End With
End Sub ' DateTimeInfo()

Example ODT file to test macro


  1. The LibreOffice API (Application Programming Interface) allows interaction with various programming languages.
  2. See the API documentation for the XSimpleFileAccess interface.
  3. See the API documentation for the DateTime struct
  4. See the documentation for the Format function