I'm trying to find a way to show the date an article was last modified in the article manager in Joomla 3.

Doing a google search I can only seem to find ways to do this so it's visible via the frontend of the website rather than in the administrator.

4 Answers 4


If you look in 'Article manager':'Edit Article' -> 'Publishing' tab, do you see 'Modified Date' field? What is your template in Administrator?

  • I'm using the default isis admin theme, I can't seem to find the Publishing tab in the article manager. I see a modified date in the publishing tab in the article but I wanted to know if there a way to show this in the article manager
    – lee murphy
    May 22, 2015 at 11:07
  • As commented by @Lodder: It won't show the modified date in the list of articles in the Article Manager. But would be a nice feature.
    – Plamen
    May 22, 2015 at 12:05

Update: This is a core feature since J! 3.7.3 release.

We can now sort articles by Date Modified, using the Sorting Dropdown on the top-right side of the articles manager list.

Sorting Articles by Date Modified in Admin

Sorted by Date Modified

Initial answer

I worked on this feature for a customer and have submitted the code to be considered for inclusion with a future Joomla release.

The patch has now been merged and seems it is in the milestones for the next 3.7.3 version.

When it becomes available, it will be possible to select the Articles Sorting Order by Date Modified and the corresponding Date Column will turn to Date Modified.

If anyone is in hurry for this feature, he can go and get the patch from here:



Try this

Goto backend -> Article manager -> Select and edit the existing article -> Publishing -> Here you can see the modified date in admin side.

If you want to see the article manager in frontend side

Goto backend -> Article manager -> Select and edit the existing article -> Options -> Here you can show or hide the modify date.

In case you haven't found it yet, that's what you're loooking for:


  • Reading the link, it looks like it's a fix for Joomla 2.5, the tag in the question is for Joomla 3
    – lee murphy
    Nov 20, 2015 at 13:28
  • The fix works totally fine for Joomla 3 as I used it for Joomla 3 myself. Nov 20, 2015 at 18:22

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