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How to get the current Date and Time in PHP ?
  • Last Updated : 14 Jan, 2021

The purpose of the article is to get the current Date and Time in PHP. It is performed by using a simple in-built PHP function date(). The Date is an inbuilt function used to format the timestamp. The computer stores date and time in UNIX timestamp. This time is measured as a number of seconds since Jan 1, 1970. As this is difficult for humans to read, PHP converts timestamps to format in such a way that it is readable and more understandable to humans.  

Syntax:  

date('d-m-y h:i:s');

Parameters :  The date() have different parameters. Each parameter represents some meaningful unit. 

  1. d: It represents the day of the month which has two digits with leading zeros (01 or 31)
  2. m: It represents month in numbers with leading zeros (01 or 1)
  3. y: It represents a year in two digits (08 or 14).
  4. h: It represents the hour of the day in two digits with leading zeros (01 or 1)
  5. I: It represents the minute in the current time zone.
  6. s: It represents the number of seconds in the current timezone.

Example 1: 

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<?php 
// PHP program to get the 
// current date and time 
  
echo "Current date and time is :"
  
// Store the date and time  to 
// the variable 
$myDate = date("d-m-y h:i:s");
  
// Display the date and time 
echo $myDate
  
?> 

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Output:



Current date and time is :03-01-21 04:49:52

Example 2: The following demonstrates other date() functions format which can be used by the developer as per the need.

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<!DOCTYPE html>
<html>
<body>
<h2>Other ways of using date() function</h2>
<?php
echo "Date in Year.Month.Day format is: " 
    . date("Y.m.d") . "<br>";
  
echo "Date in Year-Month-day format is: " 
    . date("Y-m-d") . "<br>";
  
echo "Date in Year/Month/day format is: " 
    . date("Y/m/d") . "<br>";
  
?>
</body>
</html>

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