The PHP Date() Function
PHP date() function is use to convert a timestamp to a more readable date and time.
PHP date() function to you can convert formats a timestamp to a more readable date and time.
format : Required. Specifies the format of the timestamp
timestamp : Optional. Specifies a timestamp. Default is the current date and time
<?php echo date("d/m/Y"); ?>
The PHP date() function return the current date and time according to the built-in clock of the web server on which the script has been executed.
Get a Date
The required format parameter of the date() function specifies how to format the date.Here are some the date-related formatting characters that are commonly used in format string:
> d - It is represents the day of the month (01 to 31)
> D - It is represent day of the week in text as an abbreviation (Mon to Sun)
> m - It is represents a month (01 to 12)
> M - It is represent month in text, abbreviated (Jan to Dec)
> Y - It is represents a year (in four digits)
> y - It is represent year (in two digits)
Other characters susc as "/", ".", or "-" can also be inserted between the characters to add additional formatting.
<?php echo date("d/m/Y") . "<br>"; echo date("d-m-Y") . "<br>"; echo date("d.m.Y"); ?>
Get a Time
You can use the below characters to format the time string:
> H -It is represent 24-hour format of an hour (00 to 23)
> h -It is represent 12-hour format of an hour with leading zeros (01 to 12)
> i It is represent minutes with leading zeros (00 to 59)
> s It is represent seconds with leading zeros (00 to 59)
> a It is represent Lowercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiem (am or pm)
> A It is represent uppercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiem (AM or PM)
The below output the current time in the specified format :
<?php echo date("h:i:sa"); ?>
The PHP time() Function
The time() function is used to get the current timestamp.
<?php echo time(); ?>
You can convert timestamp to a human readable date through passing it to the previously introduce date() function.
<?php $timestamp = time(); echo(date("d-m-Y", $timestamp)); ?>
Get Your Time Zone
For Example : Sets the timezone to "Asia/Calcutta"", then outputs the current time in the specified format:
<?php date_default_timezone_set("Asia/Calcutta"); echo date("h:i:sa"); ?>