DateTime::format

DateTimeImmutable::format

DateTimeInterface::format

date_format

(PHP 5 >= 5.2.0)

DateTime::format -- DateTimeImmutable::format -- DateTimeInterface::format -- date_formatReturns date formatted according to given format

Description

Object oriented style

public string DateTime::format ( string $format )
public string DateTimeImmutable::format ( string $format )
public string DateTimeInterface::format ( string $format )

Procedural style

string date_format ( DateTimeInterface $object , string $format )

Returns date formatted according to given format.

Parameters

object

Procedural style only: A DateTime object returned by date_create()

format

Format accepted by date().

Return Values

Returns the formatted date string on success or FALSE on failure.

Examples

Example #1 DateTime::format() example

Object oriented style

<?php
$date 
= new DateTime('2000-01-01');
echo 
$date->format('Y-m-d H:i:s');
?>

Procedural style

<?php
$date 
date_create('2000-01-01');
echo 
date_format($date'Y-m-d H:i:s');
?>

The above example will output:

2000-01-01 00:00:00

Notes

This method does not use locales. All output is in English.

See Also

  • date() - Format a local time/date
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craig dot constable at gmail dot com
2 years ago
Using a datetime field from a mysql database e.g. "2012-03-24 17:45:12"

<?php

$result
= mysql_query("SELECT `datetime` FROM `table`");
$row = mysql_fetch_row($result);
$date = date_create($row[0]);

echo
date_format($date, 'Y-m-d H:i:s');
#output: 2012-03-24 17:45:12

echo date_format($date, 'd/m/Y H:i:s');
#output: 24/03/2012 17:45:12

echo date_format($date, 'd/m/y');
#output: 24/03/12

echo date_format($date, 'g:i A');
#output: 5:45 PM

echo date_format($date, 'G:ia');
#output: 05:45pm

echo date_format($date, 'g:ia \o\n l jS F Y');
#output: 5:45pm on Saturday 24th March 2012

?>
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ca at agercon dot dk
2 years ago
The date_format can be use to get the last day of February:

<?php

function last_day_of_feb ($year) {
# The 0th day of a month is the same as the last day of the month before
       
$ultimo_feb_str = $year . "-03-00";
       
$ultimo_feb_date = date_create($ultimo_feb_str);
       
$return = date_format($ultimo_feb_date, "Y-m-d");
        return
$return;
}

echo
last_day_of_feb(2011) . "\n"; # 2011-02-28
echo last_day_of_feb(2012) . "\n"; # 2011-02-29

?>
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daysnine at gmail dot com
5 months ago
Seems like datetime::format does not really support microseconds as the documentation under date suggest it will.

Here is some code to generate a datetime with microseconds and timezone:

private function udate($format = 'u', $utimestamp = null) {
        if (is_null($utimestamp))
            $utimestamp = microtime(true);

        $timestamp = floor($utimestamp);
        $milliseconds = round(($utimestamp - $timestamp) * 1000000);

        return date(preg_replace('`(?<!\\\\)u`', $milliseconds, $format), $timestamp);
    }

echo udate('Y-m-d H:i:s.u T');
// Will output something like: 2014-01-01 12:20:24.42342 CET
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janusz1200 at o2 dot pl
2 months ago
Dlaczego te kurwy piszą, że format zwraca datę?
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soul dot enforcer at gmail dot com
17 days ago
For full reference of the supported format character and results,
see the documentation of date() :
http://www.php.net/manual/en/function.date.php
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chris at codewiz dot biz
2 months ago
I believe this is a bug but its note-worthy if it is intended (I am using PHP 5.5.3).

$ php --version

PHP Warning:  Module 'xdebug' already loaded in Unknown on line 0
PHP 5.5.3-1ubuntu2.1 (cli) (built: Dec 12 2013 04:24:35)
Copyright (c) 1997-2013 The PHP Group
Zend Engine v2.5.0, Copyright (c) 1998-2013 Zend Technologies
    with Xdebug v2.2.3, Copyright (c) 2002-2013, by Derick Rethans
    with Zend OPcache v7.0.3-dev, Copyright (c) 1999-2013, by Zend Technologies

What is happening:

DateTime()->format() will modify the timezone. So do not expect the public date property to be returned (format mask applied) based on the current public timezone property. format will decide that when calling ->format() it will use the server timezone which eliminates all usefulness of ->setTimezone().

<?php
            $nowUtc
= new \DateTime( 'now',  new \DateTimeZone( 'UTC' ) );
            echo
'$nowUtc'.PHP_EOL;
           
var_dump($nowUtc);
           
$nowUtc = new \DateTime( 'now',  new \DateTimeZone( 'UTC' ) );
            echo
'$nowUtc->format(\'Y-m-d h:i:s\')'.PHP_EOL;
           
var_dump($nowUtc->format('Y-m-d h:i:s'));
           
$nowUtc->setTimezone( new \DateTimeZone( 'Australia/Sydney' ) );
            echo
'$nowUtc->setTimezone( new \DateTimeZone( \'Australia/Sydney\' ) )'.PHP_EOL;
           
var_dump($nowUtc);
            echo
'$nowUtc->format(\'Y-m-d h:i:s\')'.PHP_EOL;
           
var_dump($nowUtc->format('Y-m-d h:i:s'));exit;
?>

outputs;

$nowUtc

object(DateTime)[2607]
  public 'date' => string '2014-02-13 02:42:48' (length=19)
  public 'timezone_type' => int 3
  public 'timezone' => string 'UTC' (length=3)

$nowUtc->format('Y-m-d h:i:s')

string '2014-02-13 02:42:48' (length=19)

$nowUtc->setTimezone( new \DateTimeZone( 'Australia/Sydney' ) )

object(DateTime)[2608]
  public 'date' => string '2014-02-13 13:42:48' (length=19)
  public 'timezone_type' => int 3
  public 'timezone' => string 'Australia/Sydney' (length=16)

$nowUtc->format('Y-m-d h:i:s')

string '2014-02-13 01:42:48' (length=19) // expected 2014-02-13 13:42:48 based on Australia/Sydney - what is 2014-02-13 01:42:48 from anyway!
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Nads
8 months ago
Date and Time with split seconds

$micro_date = microtime();
$date_array = explode(" ",$micro_date);
$date = date("Y-m-d H:i:s",$date_array[1]);
echo "Date: $date:" . $date_array[0]."<br>";
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James Meyer
3 years ago
A note about version differences - the results of this function differ significantly from php 5.2.x to 5.3.x . 

The 5.2 implementations will often parse to non-sensical values, such as:

1964/11-12: 1964/-99999/-99999
12/11-1964: -99999/12/11
12-31-1964: -99999/-99999/-99999
11121875: 1112/01/187
01321901: 0132/01/190

(this one makes sense, but was a poor guess)
31/12/1964: 1964/01/12

In 5.3+, these all come back as false, as I would expect.  5.2 was just a little optimistic about it's ability to parse dates, I guess.
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