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PHP date_create() Function

❮ PHP Date/Time Reference


Return a new DateTime object, and then format the date:

echo date_format($date,"Y/m/d");
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More examples at the bottom of this page.

Definition and Usage

The date_create() function returns a new DateTime object.


date_create(time, timezone)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
time Optional. Specifies a date/time string. NULL indicates the current time
timezone Optional. Specifies the timezone of time. Default is the current timezone.

Tip: Look at a list of all supported timezones in PHP

Technical Details

Return Value: Returns a new DateTime object on success. FALSE/Exception on failure
PHP Version: 5.2+
PHP Changelog: PHP 7.1: Microseconds is now filled with actual value, not just "00000".
PHP 5.3: An exception is thrown if time is an invalid value. Previously an error was thrown

More Examples


Return a new DateTime object (with a given timezone), and then format the date and time:

$date=date_create("2013-03-15 23:40:00",timezone_open("Europe/Oslo"));
echo date_format($date,"Y/m/d H:iP");
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❮ PHP Date/Time Reference