PHP | date_create_from_format() Function

PHP date_create_from_format() Function


Hello dear readers! welcome back to another edition of our tutorial on PHP. In this tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about the PHP date_create_from_format() Function.

The date_create_from_format() function in PHP is an alias of the DateTime::createFromFormat(). By making use of this function you can create a DateTime object.

This function accepts a time string and format string as parameters, parses the given time string in the specified format and returns the result as a DateTime object.

Syntax

Following below is the syntax to use this function -

date_create_from_format($date)


Parameter Details

Sr.NoParameter & Description
1

format(Mandatory)

This is a string value representing the format in which you need to parse the given time.

2

time(Mandatory)

This is a string value representing the time you need to parse.

3

timezone(Optional)

This is an object of DateTimeZone class representing the desired timezone.


Return Value

This built-in PHP function returns a DateTime object representing the parsed time. In case of failure this function returns the boolean value false.

PHP Version

This function was first introduced as part of the core PHP v 5.3.0 and, it works with all of the later versions.

Example1

Below example shows the usage of the date_create_from_format() function -

<?php
   //Creating a DateTime object
   $date = "25-Mar-1989";
   $format = "d-M-Y";
   $res = date_create_from_format($format, $date);
   print(date_format($res, "Y-m-d"));
?>

Output

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

1989-03-25

Example2

Let us now invoke this function passing the needed parameters -

<?php
   //Creating a DateTime object
   $date = "25-Mar-1989";
   $format = "d-M-Y";
   $tz = new DateTimeZone('Indian/Mahe');  
   $res = date_create_from_format($format, $date, $tz);
   print date_format($res, "Y-m-d");
?>

Output

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

1989-03-25

Example3

Below example shows the usage of the date_create_from_format() function with different formats -

<?php
   $res1 = date_create_from_format("j.n.Y", "25.8.2014");
   print(date_format($res1, "Y-m-d"));
   print("\n");
   $res2 = date_create_from_format('Y-d-m H:i:s', '2014-25-08 12:20:25');
   print(date_format($res2, "Y-m-d H:i:s"));  
?>

Output

When the above code is executed, it will produce the following result -

2014-08-25
2014-08-25 12:20:25


Alright guys! This is where we are rounding up for this tutorial post. In our next tutorial guide, we are going to be discussing about the PHP date_diff() Function.

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