We could use two modules to get the current time in Python, that are
datetime Module to Get the Current Time in Python
>>> from datetime import datetime >>> datetime.now() datetime.datetime(2018, 7, 17, 22, 48, 16, 222169)
It returns the
datetime object that includes the date time information including year, month, day and time.
If you prefer a
string format, then you could use a
strftime method to convert the
datetime object instance to a string format as defined in the argument.
>>> datetime.now().strftime('%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S') '2018-07-17 22:54:25'
Below is the snippet of directives in the
strftime format string.
||Day of the month as a decimal number [01,31].|
||Hour (24-hour clock) as a decimal number [00,23].|
||Month as a decimal number [01,12].|
||Minute as a decimal number [00,59].|
||Second as a decimal number [00,61].|
||Year with century as a decimal number.|
Only Current Time Without Date
>>> from datetime import datetime >>> datetime.now().time() datetime.time(23, 4, 0, 13713)
time Module to Get the Current Time in Python
time.strftime to Get the Current Time in Python
import time time.strftime('%Y-%m-%d %H:%M:%S', time.localtime())
As its name indicates,
time.localtime() returns the local time in your time zone. If UTC time is preferred, then
time.gmtime() is the right choice.
time.ctime to Get the Current Time in Python
import time time.ctime()
'Tue Oct 29 11:21:51 2019'
The result is that
ctime is more display-friendly to display in the GUI or print in the console. It could aslo be splitted to get the weekday, month, day, time and year.
>>> import time >>> A = time.ctime() >>> A = A.split() >>> A ['Tue', 'Oct', '29', '12:38:44', '2019']
Be aware that
time.ctime() is operation system dependent, or in other words, it could change if the OS is different. Don’t expect it to be standard among different operation systems.
This method is not good for record-keeping.