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PHP Date Format Cheat Sheet

PHP Date Format

Easy Examples:

$today = date(“F j, Y, g:i a”);                 // March 10, 2001, 5:16 pm
$today = date(“m.d.y”);                         // 03.10.01
$today = date(“j, n, Y”);                       // 10, 3, 2001
$today = date(“Ymd”);                           // 20010310
$today = date(‘h-i-s, j-m-y, it is w Day’);     // 05-16-18, 10-03-01, 1631 1618 6 Satpm01
$today = date(‘\i\t \i\s \t\h\e jS \d\a\y.’);   // it is the 10th day.
$today = date(“D M j G:i:s T Y”);               // Sat Mar 10 17:16:18 MST 2001
$today = date(‘H:m:s \m \i\s\ \m\o\n\t\h’);     // 17:03:18 m is month
$today = date(“H:i:s”);                         // 17:16:18
$today = date(“Y-m-d H:i:s”);                   // 2001-03-

$tomorrow  = mktime(0, 0, 0, date(“m”)  , date(“d”)+1, date(“Y”));
$lastmonth = mktime(0, 0, 0, date(“m”)-1, date(“d”),   date(“Y”));
$nextyear  = mktime(0, 0, 0, date(“m”),   date(“d”),   date(“Y”)+1);

Here is the  original PHP documentation for more examples and information.

Format Character Description Example returned values
Hour
H 24-hour format of an hour with leading zeros 00 through 23
G 24-hour format of an hour without leading zeros 0 through 23
h 12-hour format of an hour with leading zeros 01 through 12
g 12-hour format of an hour without leading zeros 1 through 12
a Lowercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiem am or pm
A Uppercase Ante meridiem and Post meridiem AM or PM
Minutes and seconds
i Minutes with leading zeros 00 to 59
s Seconds, with leading zeros 00 through 59
Timezone
O Difference to Greenwich time (GMT) in hours Example: +0200
Z Timezone offset in seconds. The offset for timezones west of UTC is always negative, and for those east of UTC is always positive. -43200 through 43200
T Timezone setting of this machine Examples: EST, MDT
I (capital i) Whether or not the date is in daylights savings time 1 if Daylight Savings Time, 0otherwise.
Day of week
l(lowercase ‘L’) A full textual representation of the day of the week Sunday through Saturday
D A textual representation of a day, three letters Mon through Sun
w Numeric representation of the day of the week 0 (for Sunday) through 6 (for Saturday)
Day of month
d Day of the month, 2 digits with leading zeros 01 to 31
j Day of the month without leading zeros 1 to 31
S English ordinal suffix for the day of the month, 2 characters st, nd, rd or th. Works well with j
t Number of days in the given month 28 through 31
Month
F A full textual representation of a month, such as January or March January through December
M A short textual representation of a month, three letters Jan through Dec
m Numeric representation of a month, with leading zeros 01 through 12
n Numeric representation of a month, without leading zeros 1 through 12
Year
Y A full numeric representation of a year, 4 digits Examples: 1999or 2003
y A two digit representation of a year Examples: 99 or 03
L Whether it’s a leap year 1 if it is a leap year, 0otherwise.
W ISO-8601 week number of year, weeks starting on Monday (added in PHP 4.1.0) Example: 42(the 42nd week in the year)
z The day of the year (starting from 0) 0 through 365
Preformatted
r RFC 2822 formatted date. Equivalent to ‘D, j M Y H:i:s O’. Example: Thu, 21 Dec 2000 16:01:07 +0200
U Seconds since the Unix Epoch (January 1 1970 00:00:00 GMT) See also time()
B Swatch Internet time 000 through 999