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How to convert number to month name in PHP?

  • Difficulty Level : Basic
  • Last Updated : 30 Apr, 2019
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The month number can be converted into a month name by using PHP functions. There are two functions to convert the given month number into month name.

Method 1: Using mktime() function: The mktime() function is an inbuilt function in PHP which is used to return the Unix timestamp for a date. The timestamp returns a long integer containing the number of seconds between the Unix Epoch (January 1, 1970, 00:00:00 GMT) and the time specified. The hour, minute, second, month, day and year are sent as parameters to the mktime() function and it returns an integer Unix timestamp on success and False on error.

Syntax:

int mktime( $hour, $minute, $second, $month, $day, $year, $is_dst)

Example:




<?php
// PHP program to convert number to month name
  
// Declare month number and initialize it
$month_num =12;
  
// Use mktime() and date() function to
// convert number to month name
$month_name = date("F", mktime(0, 0, 0, $month_num, 10));
  
// Display month name
echo $month_name."\n";
  
?>
Output:



December

Method 2: Using DateTime::createFromFormat() function: The DateTime::createFromFormat() function is an inbuilt function in php which is used to parses a time string according to a specified format. This function accepts three parameters and returns new DateTime in success or false on failure.

Syntax:

DateTime::createFromFormat( $format, $time, $timezone )

Example:




<?php
// PHP program to convert number to month name
  
// Declare month number and initialize it
$monthNum = 4;
  
// Create date object to store the DateTime format
$dateObj = DateTime::createFromFormat('!m', $monthNum);
  
// Store the month name to variable
$monthName = $dateObj->format('F');
  
// Display output
echo $monthName."\n"
  
?>
Output:
April



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