Convert Integer to datetime in Python (2 Examples)
In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to convert an integer timestamp into a datetime using the Python programming language.
The tutorial includes the following sections:
Let’s dive into it!
Library Imports & Data Initialization
from datetime import datetime import pytz import pandas as pd
To avoid timezone complications, we will initialize a timezone object.
timezone = pytz.timezone('UTC')
The created UTC timezone object will be used to generate the sample datetime object and a timestamp.
sample_date = datetime(2018, 6, 15, 18, 12, 45, 15, tzinfo=timezone) print(sample_date) ts = sample_date.timestamp() print(ts) # 1529086365.000015
Example 1: Using fromtimestamp() functions
The utcfromtimestamp() function will return the datetime for the UTC timezone.
dt = datetime.utcfromtimestamp(ts) print(dt) # 2018-06-15 16:12:45.000015
The fromtimestamp() function will return the datetime for the given timezone.
dt2 = datetime.fromtimestamp(ts, tz=timezone) print(dt2) # 2018-06-15 18:12:45.000015+00:00
Note: If the timezone parameter, tz, isn’t set; then the timezone for the system will be used automatically.
Example 2: Using pandas to_datetime() function
There is also the to_datetime() function of the pandas library to convert timestamps into datetime objects. Since our timestamp’s integer part is in seconds, we will set the time unit as ‘s’.
dt3 = pd.to_datetime(ts, unit='s') print(dt3) # 2018-06-15 18:12:45.000015104
To show how the unit parameter can be utilized, we can multiply our timestamp with the value 1000 to make the integer part be in microseconds and set the unit as ‘ms’ and then get the datetime again.
dt4 = pd.to_datetime(ts*1000, unit='ms') print(dt4)
As you can see, both datetime results are the same.
Video, Further Resources & Summary
Do you need more explanations on how to convert an integer timestamp into a datetime? Then you should have a look at the following YouTube video of the Statistics Globe YouTube channel.
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Furthermore, you could have a look at some other tutorials on Statistics Globe:
- Dates & Times in Python – datetime Module
- Introduction to timedelta Objects in Python
- Get First & Last Day of Month in Python
- Count Working Days Between Two Dates Excluding Weekends in Python
- Calculate Time Difference Between Two Columns of pandas DataFrame in Python
- Calculate Number of Hours, Minutes & Seconds Between Two datetimes in Python
- Calculate Number of Years, Months & Days Between Two Dates in Python
- Calculate Time Difference Between Two datetime Objects in Python
- Calculate Time Difference in Milliseconds Between Two datetimes
- How to Add & Subtract Weeks to & from Date in Python
- Add Days, Months & Years to datetime Object
- Introduction to Python
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