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PHP Date And Time

PHP Date and Time is used to get and format the date and time with there respective functions

Get A Simple Date

You can get the date with PHP date() function.



Code Explanation

  • format: it is used to display timestamp in a particular format.
  • timestamp:it is an optional parameter it is specifies a timestamp. Default is the current date and time.

echo "Today is " . date("Y/m/d");

You can add other characters in place of / like ".", or "-" .

  • Y is year
  • M is month
  • D is day

Get A Simple Time

You can get the time with PHP date() function with time format.

echo "The time is " . date("h:i:sa");

  • h is 12-hour format of an hour with leading zeros (01 to 12)
  • i is Minutes with leading zeros (00 to 59)
  • s is Seconds with leading zeros (00 to 59)
  • a is Lowercase am or pm

Create Date

You can create your own date with php mktime() function.


Some Other string formats of date and time functions.

  • a: 'am' or 'pm' lowercase. For eg. pm

  • A: 'AM' or 'PM' uppercase. For eg. PM

  • d: Day of month, a number with leading zeroes. For eg. 08

  • D: Day of week (three letters). For eg. Tue

  • F: Month name. For eg. January

  • h: Hour (12-hour format - leading zeroes). For eg. 06

  • H: Hour (24-hour format - leading zeroes). For eg. 13

  • g: Hour (12-hour format - no leading zeroes). For eg. 6

  • G: Hour (24-hour format - no leading zeroes). For eg. 13

  • i: Minutes ( 0 - 59 ). For eg. 12

  • j: Day of the month (no leading zeroes. For eg. 13

  • l: (Lower 'L') Day of the week. For eg. Tuesday

  • L: Leap year ('1' for yes, '0' for no). For eg. 1

  • m: Month of year (number - leading zeroes). For eg. 1

  • M: Month of year (three letters). For eg. Jan

  • r: The RFC 2822 formatted date. For eg. Tue, 13 Jan 2015 13:01:07 +0200

  • n: Month of year (number - no leading zeroes). For eg. 1

  • s: Seconds of hour. For eg. 24

  • U: Time stamp. For eg. 687358984

  • y: Year (two digits). For eg. 15

  • Y: Year (four digits). For eg. 2015

  • z: Day of year (0 - 365). For eg. 20

  • Z: Offset in seconds from GMT. For eg. +5