Tutorials References Exercises Bootcamps Videos Menu
Sign Up Create Website Get Certified Upgrade

PHP Tutorial

PHP HOME PHP Intro PHP Install PHP Syntax PHP Comments PHP Variables PHP Echo / Print PHP Data Types PHP Strings PHP Numbers PHP Math PHP Constants PHP Operators PHP If...Else...Elseif PHP Switch PHP Loops PHP Functions PHP Arrays PHP Superglobals PHP RegEx

PHP Forms

PHP Form Handling PHP Form Validation PHP Form Required PHP Form URL/E-mail PHP Form Complete

PHP Advanced

PHP Date and Time PHP Include PHP File Handling PHP File Open/Read PHP File Create/Write PHP File Upload PHP Cookies PHP Sessions PHP Filters PHP Filters Advanced PHP Callback Functions PHP JSON PHP Exceptions


PHP What is OOP PHP Classes/Objects PHP Constructor PHP Destructor PHP Access Modifiers PHP Inheritance PHP Constants PHP Abstract Classes PHP Interfaces PHP Traits PHP Static Methods PHP Static Properties PHP Namespaces PHP Iterables

MySQL Database

MySQL Database MySQL Connect MySQL Create DB MySQL Create Table MySQL Insert Data MySQL Get Last ID MySQL Insert Multiple MySQL Prepared MySQL Select Data MySQL Where MySQL Order By MySQL Delete Data MySQL Update Data MySQL Limit Data


PHP XML Parsers PHP SimpleXML Parser PHP SimpleXML - Get PHP XML Expat PHP XML DOM



PHP Examples

PHP Examples PHP Compiler PHP Quiz PHP Exercises PHP Certificate

PHP Reference

PHP Overview PHP Array PHP Calendar PHP Date PHP Directory PHP Error PHP Exception PHP Filesystem PHP Filter PHP FTP PHP JSON PHP Keywords PHP Libxml PHP Mail PHP Math PHP Misc PHP MySQLi PHP Network PHP Output Control PHP RegEx PHP SimpleXML PHP Stream PHP String PHP Variable Handling PHP XML Parser PHP Zip PHP Timezones

PHP idate() Function

❮ PHP Date/Time Reference


Format a local time/date as integer. Test all the different formats:

echo idate("B") . "<br>";
echo idate("d") . "<br>";
echo idate("h") . "<br>";
echo idate("H") . "<br>";
echo idate("i") . "<br>";
echo idate("I") . "<br>";
echo idate("L") . "<br>";
echo idate("m") . "<br>";
echo idate("s") . "<br>";
echo idate("t") . "<br>";
echo idate("U") . "<br>";
echo idate("w") . "<br>";
echo idate("W") . "<br>";
echo idate("y") . "<br>";
echo idate("Y") . "<br>";
echo idate("z") . "<br>";
echo idate("Z") . "<br>";
Try it Yourself »

Definition and Usage

The idate() function formats a local time and/or date as integer.

Note: The idate() function accepts just one character in the format parameter!


idate(format, timestamp)

Parameter Values

Parameter Description
format Required. Specifies how to return the result. One of the following characters is allowed:
  • B - Swatch Beat/Internet Time
  • d - Day of the month
  • h - Hour (12 hour format)
  • H - Hour (24 hour format)
  • i - Minutes
  • I - returns 1 if DST (daylight saving time) is activated, 0 otherwise
  • L - returns 1 for leap year, 0 otherwise
  • m - Month number
  • s - Seconds
  • t - Days in current month
  • U - Seconds since the Unix Epoch (January 1 1970 00:00:00 GMT)
  • w - Day of the week (Sunday=0)
  • W - ISO-8601 week number of year (week starts on Monday)
  • y - Year (1 or 2 digits)
  • Y - Year (4 digits)
  • z - Day of the year
  • Z - Timezone offset in seconds
timestamp Optional. Specifies a Unix timestamp that represents the date and/or time to be formatted. Default is the current local time (time())

Technical Details

Return Value: Returns an integer formatted according the specified format using the given timestamp
PHP Version: 5+
PHP Changelog: PHP 5.1: Now issues E_STRICT and E_NOTICE time zone errors

❮ PHP Date/Time Reference