PHP getdate() Function (With Examples)

In this tutorial, we will learn about the PHP getdate() function with its usage, syntax, parameters, return value, and examples. By IncludeHelp Last updated : December 31, 2023

PHP getdate() function

The getdate() function is used to get the local date/time (or it is also used to get the date/time based on the given timestamp.

Syntax

The syntax of the getdate() function:

getdate(timestamp);

Parameters

The parameters of the getdate() function:

  • timestamp – It is an optional parameter which specifies the timestamp (which is based on an integer UNIX timestamp) – if we do not pass the timestamp the function returns the local date/time.

Timestamps

The following are the timestamps,

  • seconds - it is used to get the time in seconds
  • minutes - it is used to get the time in minutes
  • hours - it is used to get the time in hours
  • mday - it is used to get the day of the month
  • wday - it is used to get the day of the week
  • mon - it is used to get the month
  • year - it is used to get the year
  • yday - it is used to get the day of the year
  • weekday - it is used to get the name of the week
  • month - it is used to get the name of the month
  • 0 - it is used to get the seconds since Unix Epoch

Return Value

It returns an array of the date/time information with the timestamp

PHP getdate() Function Example

PHP code to demonstrate the example of getdate() function.

<?php
//getting the complete date/time 
//i.e. local date/time
$result = getdate();
echo "getdate() result...\n";
print_r($result);

//extracting the indivisual values 
//based on the timestamps
echo "seconds:  $result[seconds]\n";
echo "minutes:  $result[minutes]\n";
echo "hours:    $result[hours]\n";
echo "mday:     $result[mday]\n";
echo "wday:     $result[wday]\n";
echo "mon:      $result[mon]\n";
echo "year:     $result[year]\n";
echo "yday:     $result[yday]\n";
echo "weekday:  $result[weekday]\n";
echo "month:    $result[month]\n";
echo "0:        $result[0]\n";
?>

Output

The output of the above example is:

getdate() result...
Array
(
    [seconds] => 28
    [minutes] => 56
    [hours] => 12
    [mday] => 13
    [wday] => 2
    [mon] => 8
    [year] => 2019
    [yday] => 224
    [weekday] => Tuesday
    [month] => August
    [0] => 1565700988
)
seconds:  28
minutes:  56
hours:    12
mday:     13
wday:     2
mon:      8
year:     2019
yday:     224
weekday:  Tuesday
month:    August
0:        1565700988

Reference: PHP getdate() function

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