convert date time

John Machin sjmachin at
Sat Aug 22 11:29:53 CEST 2009

On Aug 22, 5:11 pm, Kushal Kumaran <kushal.kumaran+pyt... at>
> On Fri, Aug 21, 2009 at 11:44 PM, Ronn Ross<ronn.r... at> wrote:
> > I'm new to python and I'm getting a date time from a field in the database
> > that looks like this:
> > 8/2/2009 8:36:16 AM (UTC)

> datetime.datetime.strptime() will give you a datetime object, which
> you can then format in a wide variety of ways using its strftime()
> method.  Doesn't work with dates earlier than 1900, I believe.

The datetime module works from 0001-01-01 onwards; see

Other things worth mentioning:

(1) datetime.datetime.strptime() was introduced in Python 2.5; for
Python 2.3 and 2.4, use time.strptime() [which may not like years
before 1970] followed by datetime.datetime()

(2) as the input has 12-hour clock plus AM/PM, ensure that you use %I
instead of %H for the hour component; %H won't do what you expect if
your expectation is not based on reading the docs :-)

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