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Python Datetime Object Example

Hello in this tutorial, we will see how to use the Datetime module in python programming.

1. Introduction

A datetime package is an in-built python module that helps to encapsulate the date/time values. To dig digger in this tutorial we will need to download and install one extra dependency from the PyPi website. Use the pip command to install the pytz package.


pip install pytz

python datetime

1.2 Setting up Python

If someone needs to go through the Python installation on Windows, please watch this link. You can download the Python from this link.

2. Python Datetime Object Example

Let us dive in with the programming stuff now. I am using JetBrains PyCharm as my preferred IDE. You’re free to choose the IDE of your choice.

2.1 Creating an implementation file

Let us understand the implementation with the help of a python script. The script explores different methods from the datetime module like fetching current date and timestamp, timezones, converting string timestamp to date-time object, etc.

Implementation file

# python datetime object tutorial

# importing module
from datetime import datetime, timedelta, date

import pytz

# get current date and time
def get_current_date_time():
    now = datetime.now()
    print('Current date/time = {}'.format(now))

# get current date
def get_current_date():
    now_date = date.today()
    print('Current date = {}'.format(now_date))

# convert string to date time
def convert_string_to_datetime(date_str):
    obj = datetime.strptime(date_str, '%B %d, %Y, %H:%M:%S')
    print('Date = {}'.format(obj.date()))
    print('Time = {}'.format(obj.time()))
    print('Date = {}'.format(obj))

# get current date and time in utc
def get_current_date_time_in_utc():
    now = datetime.now(pytz.utc)
    print('Current date/time in utc = {}'.format(now))

# get timestamp from the given numeric timestamp
def get_timestamp_from_timestamp(timestamp):
    obj = datetime.fromtimestamp(timestamp)
    print('Date = {}'.format(obj))

# calculate the future date
def calculate_future_date(no_of_days):
    now = datetime.now()
    # calculating future date
    future = now + timedelta(days=no_of_days)
    print('Future date = {}'.format(future))

# driver code
if __name__ == '__main__':
    # get_current_date_time()

    # get_current_date()

    # convert_string_to_datetime('November 5, 2020, 20:19:55')

    # get_current_date_time_in_utc()

    # get_timestamp_from_timestamp(1826254364)



You can uncomment the method of your choice and run this python script. If everything goes well the output will be shown in the IDE console.

Console output

Current date/time = 2021-05-26 21:08:31.228270
Current date = 2021-05-26
Date = 2020-11-05
Time = 20:19:55
Date = 2020-11-05 20:19:55
Current date/time in utc = 2021-05-26 15:38:31.235326+00:00
Date = 2027-11-15 10:22:44
Future date = 2022-05-26 21:08:31.235326


That is all for this tutorial and I hope the article served you with whatever you were looking for. Happy Learning and do not forget to share!

3. Summary

In this tutorial, we learned:

  • Introduction to using datetime package to manipulate date and time in python
  • Sample programming stuff

You can download the source code of this tutorial from the Downloads section.

4. Download the Project

This was a tutorial to use the datetime package to manipulate date and time in python.

You can download the full source code of this example here: Python Datetime Object Example

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