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PHP | Date and Time

June 10, 2021

Date and time are frequently used operation in any server-side programming languages or designing website etc.

The PHP function date() is used to format date/time. It converts timestamp to a more readable date and time format.



  • format => format is a required parameter. It specifies how to format the date or time.
  • timestamp => timestamp is optional parameter. It specifies a timestamp.

PHP code to get current date and time

        echo date('Y-m-d'); //Display current date
        echo "<br>";
        echo date('Y-m-d H:i:s'); //Display current date and time
        echo "<br>";
        echo date("h:i:sa"); //Display the current time

Formating options in Date Functions

  • D - Represents the day of the week. (Mon to Sun)
  • d - Represents day in a month (1 to 31)
  • M - Represents month in the text (Jan to Dec)
  • m - Represents month in numbers with leading zeros (01 to 12)
  • Y - Represents year in full digits (2020 or 2021)
  • y - Represents year in two digits (08 or 14)
  • The parts of the date can be separated by the characters like dots (.), slashes (/), hyphens (-), or spaces (additional visual formatting)
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June 10, 2021

You can use this format:

     $date = date("Y-m-d");


      $date = date("Y-m-d H:i:s");

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