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PHP | DateTime format() Function

  • Last Updated : 10 Oct, 2019
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The DateTime::format() function is an inbuilt function in PHP which is used to return the new formatted date according to the specified format.

Syntax:

  • Object oriented style
    string DateTime::format( string $format )

    or

    string DateTimeImmutable::format( string $format )

    or

    string DateTimeInterface::format( string $format )
  • Procedural style
    string date_format( DateTimeInterface $object, string $format )

Parameters: This function uses two parameters as mentioned above and described below:



  • $object: This parameter holds the DateTime object.
  • $format: This parameter holds the format accepted by date() function.

Return Value: This function return the new formatted date string on success or False on failure.

Below programs illustrate the DateTime::format() function in PHP:

Program 1:




<?php
  
// Initialising the DateTime() object with a date
$datetime = new DateTime('2019-09-30');
  
// Calling the format() function with a 
// specified format 'd-m-Y'
echo $datetime->format('d-m-Y');
  
?>
Output:
30-09-2019

Program 2:




<?php
  
// Initialising the DateTime() object with a date
$datetime = new DateTime('2019-09-30');
  
// Calling the format() function with a 
// specified format 'd-m-Y H:i:s'
echo $datetime->format('d-m-Y H:i:s');
  
?>
Output:
30-09-2019 00:00:00

Reference: https://www.php.net/manual/en/datetime.format.php

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