Time and Datetime Module in Python

Time and Datetime Module in Python

Time and Datetime Module in Python

Python has an inbuilt module to deal with date and time. Date and time are very essential in any project to record the real-time data.

Time Module:

Python time module is helpful when we need the current system time into our code. we may need to synchronize the system time with our project. localtime() is the function to get the system time.

# import the time module

import time

seconds = time.time()

Now = time.localtime(seconds)

# print the currentTime variable to know about it


print(‘The Current System time is :’, time.asctime(Now))

We can format the time using strftime() to format the time.

print(‘Time is :’, time.strftime(“%d/%m/%Y”, Now))

Calendar Module:

Python has an inbuilt module to check the current date and month using the Calendar module.

# import Calendar

import calendar

#current month

print(‘The month August is:\n’, calendar.month(2020, 8))

# we can set the first day of the week as sunday


# print the calender

print(‘The month August is:\n’, calendar.month(2020, 8))

# Checking year is leap year

print(‘2020 a leap year? Ans:’, calendar.isleap(2020))

print(‘1998 a leap year? Ans:’, calendar.isleap(1998))

datetime Module:

Let us know about datetime module in python. Using datetime it is easy to print the current date and time.

import time

import datetime

print(“unix epoch started: %s”, time.time())

print(“Present  date and time: ” , datetime.datetime.now())

We can do lot of thing using datetime module. We can print the current date, time, year, month etc..

import datetime

print(“Current year: “, datetime.date.today().strftime(“%Y”))

print(“Current Month of year: “, datetime.date.today().strftime(“%B”))

print(“Week number of the year: “, datetime.date.today().strftime(“%W”))

print(“Weekday of the week: “, datetime.date.today().strftime(“%w”))

print(“Day of year: “, datetime.date.today().strftime(“%j”))

print(“Day of the month : “, datetime.date.today().strftime(“%d”))

print(“Day of week: “, datetime.date.today().strftime(“%A”))

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import datetime

#Getting week day for a date

My_birthday = datetime.date(1989,10, 1)  #year, month, day


Getting current date:

import datetime

today = datetime.date.today()


Get date from a timestamp:

We can get the date from timestamp also. The time stamp is usually the number of seconds between the particular date and January 1,1970 at UTC. We can convert the time stamp using the function fromtimestamp().

from datetime import date

timestamp_now = date.fromtimestamp(1326244364)

print(“Date =”, timestamp_now)

Get today’s year, month and day:

We can print year, month and day using datetime module

from datetime import date

today = date.today()

print(“Present year:”, today.year)

print(“Present month:”, today.month)

print(“Present day:”, today.day)


The datetime module has a class named dateclass that can contain information from both date and time objects.

from datetime import datetime

#datetime(year, month, day)

a = datetime(2020, 10, 18)


# datetime(year, month, day, hour, minute, second, microsecond)

b = datetime(2020, 11, 28, 23, 55, 59, 342380)



timedelta function is very useful while we want to calculate the future datetime and past datetime.

from datetime importdatetime,timedelta


# what is the date after 45 days from today



# what is the date before 67 days from today



Difference between two timedeltas:

from datetime import timedelta

time1 = timedelta(weeks = 2, days = 5, hours = 1, seconds = 33)

time2 = timedelta(days = 4, hours = 11, minutes = 4, seconds = 54)

time3 = time1 – time2

print(“t3 =”, time3)

Dealing with TimeZones:

In Realtime we have to work on different clients situated in different time zones. we can handle all time zones in python using pytz module. Pytz is third party library. We have to install it using pip install pytz.

from datetime import datetime


#local time

local = datetime.now()

print(“Local:”, local.strftime(“%m/%d/%Y, %H:%M:%S”))

#newyork time zone

tz_NY = pytz.timezone(‘America/New_York’)

datetime_NY = datetime.now(tz_NY)

print(“NY:”, datetime_NY.strftime(“%m/%d/%Y, %H:%M:%S”))

#Europe time zone

tz_London = pytz.timezone(‘Europe/London’)

datetime_London = datetime.now(tz_London)

print(“London:”, datetime_London.strftime(“%m/%d/%Y, %H:%M:%S”))

Print all time zones:

To get all time zones. The list is quite big. We will be using some 4 or 5 time zones in our real-time projects.The below program will display all time zones.


#Displays all time zones

print(‘all_timezones =’, pytz.all_timezones, ‘\n’)

Python pytz example:


from datetime import datetime

# getting utctimezone

utc = pytz.utc

# getting timezone by name

ist = pytz.timezone(‘Asia/Kolkata’)

# getting datetime of specified timezone

print(‘UTC Time =’, datetime.now(tz=utc))

print(‘IST Time =’, datetime.now(tz=ist))

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