Get current date using Python

Prerequisite: datetime module

In Python, date and time are not a data type of its own, but a module named datetime can be imported to work with the date as well as time. Datetime module comes built into Python, so there is no need to install it externally.

datetime module provide some functions to get the current date as well as time. Let’s look at them.

  • date.today(): today() method of date class under datetime module returns a date object which contains the value of Today’s date.

    Syntax: date.today()

    Returns: Return the current local date.



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    # Python program to get
    # current date
      
      
    # Import date class from datetime module
    from datetime import date
      
      
    # Returns the current local date
    today = date.today()
    print("Today date is: ", today)

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    Output:

    Today date is:  2019-12-11
    
  • datetime.now(): Python library defines a function that can be primarily used to get current time and date. now() function Return the current local date and time, which is defined under datetime module.

    Syntax: datetime.now(tz)

    Parameters :
    tz : Specified time zone of which current time and date is required. (Uses Greenwich Meridian time by default.)

    Returns : Returns the current date and time in time format.

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    # Python program to get
    # current date
      
      
    # Import datetime class from datetime module
    from datetime import datetime
      
      
    # returns current date and time
    now = datetime.now()
    print("now = ", now)

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    Output:

    now =  2019-12-11 10:58:37.039404
    

    Attributes of now() :
    now() has different attributes, same as attributes of time such as year, month, date, hour, minute, second.

    Example 3: Demonstrate attributes of now().

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    # Python3 code to demonstrate 
    # attributes of now() 
        
    # importing datetime module for now() 
    import datetime 
        
    # using now() to get current time 
    current_time = datetime.datetime.now() 
        
    # Printing attributes of now(). 
    print ("The attributes of now() are : "
        
    print ("Year : ", end = "") 
    print (current_time.year) 
        
    print ("Month : ", end = "") 
    print (current_time.month) 
        
    print ("Day : ", end = "") 
    print (current_time.day) 

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    Output:

    The attributes of now() are : 
    Year : 2019
    Month : 12
    Day : 11
    



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