To get the current time in the local timezone as a naive datetime object:
from datetime import datetime naive_dt = datetime.now()
If it doesn't return the expected time then it means that your computer is misconfigured. You should fix it first (it is unrelated to Python).
To get the current time in UTC as a naive datetime object:
naive_utc_dt = datetime.utcnow()
To get the current time as an aware datetime object in Python 3.3+:
from datetime import datetime, timezone utc_dt = datetime.now(timezone.utc) # UTC time dt = utc_dt.astimezone() # local time
To get the current time in the given time zone from the tz database:
import pytz tz = pytz.timezone('Europe/Berlin') berlin_now = datetime.now(tz)
It works during DST transitions. It works if the timezone had different UTC offset in the past i.e., it works even if the timezone corresponds to multiple tzinfo objects at different times.
~ Answered on 2014-09-17 09:53:02