[python] How to convert current date to epoch timestamp?

How to convert current date to epoch timestamp ?

Format current date:

29.08.2011 11:05:02

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The answer is

Use strptime to parse the time, and call time() on it to get the Unix timestamp.

Assuming you are using a 24 hour time format:

import time;
t = time.mktime(time.strptime("29.08.2011 11:05:02", "%d.%m.%Y %H:%M:%S"));

if you want UTC try some of the gm functions:

import time
import calendar

date_time = '29.08.2011 11:05:02'
pattern = '%d.%m.%Y %H:%M:%S'
utc_epoch = calendar.timegm(time.strptime(date_time, pattern))
print utc_epoch

enter image description hereI think this answer needs an update and the solution would go better this way.

from datetime import datetime

datetime.strptime("29.08.2011 11:05:02", "%d.%m.%Y %H:%M:%S").strftime("%s")

or you may use datetime object and format the time using %s to convert it into epoch time.

import time
def expires():
    '''return a UNIX style timestamp representing 5 minutes from now'''
    return int(time.time()+300)

Short-hand to convert python date/datetime to Epoch (without microseconds)

int(current_date.strftime("%s")) # 2020-01-14  ---> 1578956400
int(current_datetime.strftime("%s")) # 2020-01-14 16:59:30.251176 -----> 1579017570

from time import time
>>> int(time())

>>> time()
>>> int(time())
>>> str(time()).replace(".","")

But Should it not return ?


Your code will behave strange if 'TZ' is not set properly, e.g. 'UTC' or 'Asia/Kolkata'

So, you need to do below

>>> import time, os
>>> d='2014-12-11 00:00:00'
>>> p='%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S'
>>> epoch = int(time.mktime(time.strptime(d,p)))
>>> epoch
>>> os.environ['TZ']='UTC'
>>> epoch = int(time.mktime(time.strptime(d,p)))
>>> epoch