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ctime() Function Of Datetime.date Class In Python

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  • Last Updated : 28 Jul, 2021
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The ctime() function is used to return a string containing the date and time.

Syntax: ctime()

Parameters: This function does not accept any parameter.

Return values: This function returns a string containing the date and time.

The format of the string representation:

  • The string is of 24-character length.
  • Week is printed as a three-letter word.
Sun, Mo, Tue, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat
  • Months are represented as three-digit letters
Jan, Feb, Mar, Apr, May, Jun, Jul, Aug, Sep, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • The day of the month is represented as a two-digit number
  • Time is represented in HH:MM:SS format
  • The year is a 4 digit number

Example 1: Getting a string containing the date and time

Python3




# Python3 code to demonstrate
# Getting a string containing
# the date and time
  
# Importing datetime and time module 
import datetime
import time
  
# Calling the time() function
# to return current time
Todays_time = time.time()
  
# Printing today's time
print(Todays_time)
  
# Calling the fromtimestamp() function
# to get date from the current time
date_From_CurrentTime = datetime.date.fromtimestamp(Todays_time);
  
# Printing the current date
print("Date for Timestamp used is: %s"%date_From_CurrentTime);
  
# Calling the ctime() function over the above date
print("Today's date: %s"%date_From_CurrentTime.ctime());

Output:

1627282355.0111642
Date for Timestamp used is: 2021-07-26
Today's date: Mon Jul 26 00:00:00 2021

Example 2: Getting a string containing the date and time

Python3




# Python3 code to demonstrate
# Getting a string containing
# the date and time
  
# Importing datetime module 
import datetime
  
# Initializing a date object for a 
# different date
Date = datetime.date(2013, 2, 10);
  
# Calling the ctime() function 
# over the above date
print("The date: %s"%Date.ctime());

Output:

The date: Sun Feb 10 00:00:00 2013

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