Convert datetime to Unix Timestamp in Python (2 Examples)
The following sections are explained in this article:
Let’s start right away!
Import datetime Module & Create Example Data
As a first step, we have to import the datetime module into Python:
Next, we can create a datetime object as shown below:
my_datetime = datetime.datetime.now() print(my_datetime) # 2021-11-19 11:59:01.469718
As you can see, we have created a datetime object called my_datetime that contains the date and time 2021-11-19 11:59:01.469718.
Example 1: Convert datetime to Unix Timestamp Using timestamp() Function
This example explains how to convert a datetime object to a unix timestamp using the timestamp() function
To achieve this, we have to multiply the output of the timestamp function by 1000:
my_timestamp1 = my_datetime.timestamp() * 1000 print(my_timestamp1) # 1637323141469.718
Example 2: Convert datetime to Unix Timestamp Using mktime() & timetuple() Functions
This example uses the mktime() and timetuple() functions to transform our datetime to a unix timestamp.
First, we have to import the time module to Python:
Next, we can apply those functions to transform our data. Consider the Python code and its output below:
my_timestamp2 = time.mktime(my_datetime.timetuple()) print(my_timestamp2) # 1637323141.0
Note that the previous timestamp represents our date and time in seconds, not in microseconds as in Example 1
Video, Further Resources & Summary
If you need more explanations on how to change a date and time object to a unix timestamp in Python, have a look at the following video of the PyLenin YouTube channel.
In the video, the speaker explains how to deal with time stamps and unix time zones.
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Furthermore, you may have a look at the other Python and datetime tutorials on this website:
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- Make Unaware datetime Time Zone Aware in Python
- Convert datetime to Different Time Zone
- Convert datetime Object to Local Time Zone
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Note: This article was created in collaboration with Gottumukkala Sravan Kumar. You may find more information about Gottumukkala and his other articles on his profile page.