Convert Epoch Time to datetime Object & Vice Versa in Python (Example)
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Example 1: Convert Epoch Time to datetime Object
This example explains how to convert an epoch time into a datetime object.
Consider the following epoch time object:
my_epoch_time1 = 4538142 print(my_epoch_time1) # 4538142
Next, we have to import the datetime module:
To transform this epoch time to a datetime format, we have to specify the epoch time data object as a parameter within the fromtimestamp() function:
my_date_time1 = datetime.datetime.fromtimestamp(my_epoch_time1) print(my_date_time1) # 1970-02-22 12:35:42
As you can see, we have created a new datetime object containing the date and time that corresponds to our epoch time.
Example 2: Convert datetime Object to Epoch Time
This example explains how to convert a datetime object into an epoch time.
For this example, we first have to create a datetime object:
my_datetime2 = datetime.datetime(1983, 2, 17, 11, 7) print(my_datetime2) # 1983-02-17 11:07:00
In the next step, we can apply the timestamp() function to transform our datetime object to an epoch time:
my_epoch_time2 = my_datetime2.timestamp() print(my_epoch_time2) # 414324420.0
Video, Further Resources & Summary
Do you need more explanations on how to set the seconds since an epoch time to a datetime object and the other way around in Python? Then you should have a look at the following video of Pretty Printed’s YouTube channel.
The video is about parsing and formatting dates using the strftime() and strptime() functions in Python.
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Furthermore, you may have a look at the other Python and datetime tutorials on this website:
- Make Unaware datetime Time Zone Aware in Python
- Convert datetime to Unix Timestamp in Python
- Convert datetime to Different Time Zone
- Convert datetime Object to Local Time Zone
- Python Programming Tutorials
This post has shown how to change an epoch time into a datetime object and vice versa in Python programming. For further questions, you may leave a comment below.
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