Python | time.asctime() method

Time module in Python provides various time-related functions. This module comes under Python’s standard utility modules.

time.asctime() method of Time module is used to convert a tuple or a time.struct_time object representing a time as returned by time.gmtime() or time.localtime() method to a string of the following form:

Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year

For example:
Thu 08 22 10:46:56 2019

Syntax: time.asctime([t])



Parameter:
t (optional): A tuple or time.struct_time object representing a time as returnred by time.gmtime() or time.localtime() method . If the ‘t’ parameter is not provided or None then the current time as returned by time.localtime() method is used.

Return type: This method returns an string of the form Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year

Code #1: Use of time.asctime() method

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# Python program to explain time.asctime() method
  
# importing time module
import time
  
  
# Convert the current time 
# as returned by time.time() method
# to a time.struct_time object in UTC
# using time.gmtime() method
obj = time.gmtime()
  
# Print time.struct_time object
print("time.struct_time object as returned by time.gmtime() method:")
print(obj)
  
# Convert the time.struct_time 
# object to a string of the
# form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year'
# using time.asctime() method
time_str = time.asctime(obj) 
  
# Print the time.struct_time object
# to the string of the
# form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year'
print("\ntime.struct_time obj in string of the form \
'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year':") 
print(time_str)
  
  
# Convert the current time 
# as returned by time.time() method
# to a time.struct_time object in local time
# using time.localtime() method
obj = time.localtime()
  
# Print time.struct_time object
print("\ntime.struct_time object as returned by \
time.localtime() method:")
print(obj)
  
# Convert the time.struct_time 
# object to a string of the
# form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year'
# using time.asctime() method
time_str = time.asctime(obj) 
  
# Print the time.struct_time object
# to the string of the
# form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year'
print("\ntime.struct_time obj in string of the form \
'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year':") 
print(time_str)

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Output:

time.struct_time object as returned by time.gmtime() method:
time.struct_time(tm_year=2019, tm_mon=8, tm_mday=22, tm_hour=5, tm_min=36,
tm_sec=37, tm_wday=3, tm_yday=234, tm_isdst=0)

time.struct_time obj in string of the form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year':
Thu Aug 22 05:36:37 2019

time.struct_time object as returned by time.localtime() method:
time.struct_time(tm_year=2019, tm_mon=8, tm_mday=22, tm_hour=11, tm_min=12,
tm_sec=41, tm_wday=3, tm_yday=234, tm_isdst=0)

time.struct_time obj in string of the form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year':
Thu Aug 22 11:12:41 2019

Code #2: If the parameter ‘t’ is not provided

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# Python program to explain time.asctime() method
  
# importing time module
import time
  
  
# If the parameter 't'
# in time.asctime() method
# is not provided then
# the current time as
# returned by time.localtime()
# method is used
  
# Convert the current time  
# as returned by time.localtime() method
# to a string of the
# form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year'
# using time.asctime() method
time_str = time.asctime() 
  
# Print the string 
print(time_str)

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Output:

Thu Aug 22 11:17:22 2019

Code #3: If the parameter ‘t’ is a tuple

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# Python program to explain time.asctime() method
  
# importing time module
import time
  
  
# A tuple with 9 attributes
# represnting a time
t = (2019, 8, 22, 11, 21, 48, 3, 234, 0
  
# Convert the tuple
# to a string of the
# form 'Day Mon Date Hour:Min:Sec Year'
# using time.asctime() method
time_str = time.asctime(t) 
  
# Print the string 
print(time_str)

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Output:

Thu Aug 22 11:21:48 2019

Reference: https://docs.python.org/3/library/time.html#time.asctime




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