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PHP strptime() Function

PHP Date/Time PHP Date/Time Reference

Example

Parse a time/date generated with strftime():

<?php
$format="%d/%m/%Y %H:%M:%S";
$strf=strftime($format);
echo("$strf");
print_r(strptime($strf,$format));
?>

Definition and Usage

The strptime() function parses a time/date generated with strftime().

Note: This function is not implemented on Windows platforms!


Syntax

strptime(date,format);

Parameter Description
date Required. The string to parse (e.g. returned from strftime())
format Required. Specifies the format used in the date:
  • %a - abbreviated weekday name
  • %A - full weekday name
  • %b - abbreviated month name
  • %B - full month name
  • %c - preferred date and time representation
  • %C - century number (the year divided by 100, range 00 to 99)
  • %d - day of the month (01 to 31)
  • %D - same as %m/%d/%y
  • %e - day of the month (1 to 31)
  • %g - like %G, but without the century
  • %G - 4-digit year corresponding to the ISO week number (see %V).
  • %h - same as %b
  • %H - hour, using a 24-hour clock (00 to 23)
  • %I - hour, using a 12-hour clock (01 to 12)
  • %j - day of the year (001 to 366)
  • %m - month (01 to 12)
  • %M - minute
  • %n - newline character
  • %p - either am or pm according to the given time value
  • %r - time in a.m. and p.m. notation
  • %R - time in 24 hour notation
  • %S - second
  • %t - tab character
  • %T - current time, equal to %H:%M:%S
  • %u - weekday as a number (1 to 7), Monday=1. Warning: In Sun Solaris Sunday=1
  • %U - week number of the current year, starting with the first Sunday as the first day of the first week
  • %V - The ISO 8601 week number of the current year (01 to 53), where week 1 is the first week that has at least 4 days in the current year, and with Monday as the first day of the week
  • %W - week number of the current year, starting with the first Monday as the first day of the first week
  • %w - day of the week as a decimal, Sunday=0
  • %x - preferred date representation without the time
  • %X - preferred time representation without the date
  • %y - year without a century (range 00 to 99)
  • %Y - year including the century
  • %Z or %z - time zone or name or abbreviation
  • %% - a literal % character

Technical Details

Return Value: This function returns an array with the date parsed on success. FALSE on failure.

The meaning of the returning array keys are:

  • [tm_sec] - seconds (0-61)
  • [tm_min] - minutes (0-59)
  • [tm_hour] - hour (0-23)
  • [tm_mday] - day of the month (1-31)
  • [tm_mon] - months since January (0-11)
  • [tm_year] - years since 1900
  • [tm_wday] - days since Sunday (0-6)
  • [tm_yday] - days since January 1 (0-365)
  • [unparsed] - the date part which was not recognized using the specified format, if any
PHP Version: 5.1+


PHP Date/Time PHP Date/Time Reference

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