Python PRAW – Getting the time when a comment was posted on Reddit

In Reddit, we can post a comment to any submission, we can also comment on a comment to create a thread of comments. Here we will see how to fetch the exact time when a comment was posted using PRAW. We will be using the created_utc attribute of the Comment class to fetch the Unix time when the comment was posted.

Example 1 : Consider the following comment :

The ID of the comment is : fvib7aw

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# importing the module
import praw
from datetime import datetime 
  
# initialize with appropriate values
client_id = ""
client_secret = ""
username = ""
password = ""
user_agent = ""
  
# creating an authorized reddit instance
reddit = praw.Reddit(client_id = client_id, 
                     client_secret = client_secret, 
                     username = username, 
                     password = password,
                     user_agent = user_agent) 
  
# the ID of the comment
comment_id = "fvib7aw"
  
# instantiating the Comment class
comment = reddit.comment(comment_id)
  
# fetching the Unix time
unix_time = comment.created_utc 
    
print("The comment was posted on Unix time : " +
      str(unix_time)) 
    
# converting the Unix time 
print("The comment was posted on : " +
      str(datetime.fromtimestamp(unix_time))) 

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Output :

The comment was posted on Unix time : 1592712950.0
The comment was posted on : 2020-06-21 09:45:50

Example 2 : Consider the following comment:



The ID of the comment is : fv9qvgo

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# importing the module
import praw
from datetime import datetime 
  
# initialize with appropriate values
client_id = ""
client_secret = ""
username = ""
password = ""
user_agent = ""
  
# creating an authorized reddit instance
reddit = praw.Reddit(client_id = client_id, 
                     client_secret = client_secret, 
                     username = username, 
                     password = password,
                     user_agent = user_agent) 
  
# the ID of the comment
comment_id = "fv9qvgo"
  
# instantiating the Comment class
comment = reddit.comment(comment_id)
  
# fetching the Unix time
unix_time = comment.created_utc 
    
print("The comment was posted on Unix time : " +
      str(unix_time)) 
    
# converting the Unix time 
print("The comment was posted on : " +
      str(datetime.fromtimestamp(unix_time))) 

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Output :

The comment was posted on Unix time : 1592513850.0
The comment was posted on : 2020-06-19 02:27:30

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