# Convert date/time to unix timestamp?

Discussion in 'Python' started by Phillip B Oldham, Feb 10, 2009.

1. ### Phillip B OldhamGuest

Is there a simple way to set a date/time and convert it to a unix
timestamp? After some googling I found the following:

t = datetime.time(7,0,0)
starttime = time.mktime(t.timetuple())+1e-6*t.microsecond

That seems like very long-winded. Is there an easier way? I've read
the docs on the datetime and time modules, but nothing's jumping out
at me.

Phillip B Oldham, Feb 10, 2009

2. ### Thomas KrausGuest

Phillip B Oldham schrieb:
> Is there a simple way to set a date/time and convert it to a unix
> timestamp? After some googling I found the following:
>
> t = datetime.time(7,0,0)
> starttime = time.mktime(t.timetuple())+1e-6*t.microsecond
>
> That seems like very long-winded. Is there an easier way? I've read
> the docs on the datetime and time modules, but nothing's jumping out
> at me.

The built-in function time.localtime() returns a 9-item tuple, e.g.
(2009, 2, 10, 13, 29, 7, 1, 41, 0).

time.mktime() converts this tuple to the seconds since the Epoch as a
floating point number, int() converts it to an integer.

int(time.mktime(time.localtime()))

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Thomas

Thomas Kraus, Feb 10, 2009

3. ### M.-A. LemburgGuest

On 2009-02-10 10:26, Phillip B Oldham wrote:
> Is there a simple way to set a date/time and convert it to a unix
> timestamp? After some googling I found the following:
>
> t = datetime.time(7,0,0)
> starttime = time.mktime(t.timetuple())+1e-6*t.microsecond
>
> That seems like very long-winded. Is there an easier way? I've read
> the docs on the datetime and time modules, but nothing's jumping out
> at me.

>>> from mx.DateTime import DateTime
>>> DateTime(2009,10,2,7,0,0).ticks()

1254459600.0

http://www.egenix.com/products/python/mxBase/mxDateTime/

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M.-A. Lemburg, Feb 10, 2009