Input value - how to use helper


I can’t find any information not figure out myself how to use a helper (or may there a better solution) to format the values I get from the backend.

So, I’m getting time durations in milliseconds, for ex.:

56597481, etc.

I tried to format/transform the values so that to be able to display them in inputs of type time in HH:mm format.

Here is the helper:

# helpers/human-time.js

import { helper } from '@ember/component/helper';
import moment from 'moment';

export function humanTime(millis) {
  if (typeof millis != 'undefined' && millis) {
    console.log(millis + ': ' + moment.utc(moment.duration(millis).asMilliseconds()).format('HH:mm'));
    return moment.utc(moment.duration(millis).asMilliseconds()).format('HH:mm');
  } else {
    console.log('else: ' + millis);
    return '';

export default helper(humanTime);

Here is how I tried (with no success) to call it in a template:

# templates/components/weekday-row.hbs
<div class="col-sm-2">
    {{input type="time"
      value=(human-time dayRow.opens)

When I call the same formatting code defined in the helper from the Chrome console, it works as needed:

# Chrome console

=> "15:43"
  • What’s wrong with that ?
  • Is the syntax used in the template is correct ?
  • It seems like it is an array that is passed in to the helper instead of a single value and I never enter the else condition:
console.log('millis: ' + millis[0]);
=> undefined

Thank you.


Yes, the first argument is an array of positional parameters sent to the helper. You can check the Writing Helpers guide for more information.

Changing it to export function humanTime([millis]) { should fix it.


Yep, thank you for your help, - once again it got out of my head :slight_smile: Finally, I opted to use a trasform: I’m getting milliseconds from Rails and display them as HH:mm:

# trasforms/human-time.js

import DS from 'ember-data';
import moment from 'moment';

export default DS.Transform.extend({
  deserialize(serialized) {
    return moment.utc(moment.duration(serialized).asMilliseconds()).format('HH:mm');

  serialize(deserialized) {
    return moment.duration(deserialized).asMilliseconds();

and I removed the previously used helper and its call from the template.


An alternative solution (if you want to preserve the original value from the server for example) is to add a computed property on your model that depends on your raw field and returns a new value based on that raw data.