FAQ: Learn Python - Date and Time - Getting the Current Date and Time

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2 posts were split to a new topic: Any Way to Fix the Incorrect Time and Date?

it does not diplay the current correct time .which country’s time does it display???


Why it’s showing wrong time according to my time zone(GMT+5:30)?

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Time zones are not implemented in any simple fashion in the datetime module. If your application needs time zones, you probably need to use the pytz module. The situation is a bit better (but still pretty opaque) in Python3.

# Python 3.2+ ONLY:
import datetime

min5 = datetime.timezone(datetime.timedelta(hours=-5))
d = datetime.datetime.now(min5)

# convert to the current system timezone
d_system = d.astimezone()

Is the datetime library available any time you use Python? Or can you only use it if you are on Codecademy?

It is available to all in the standard Python installation.

It appears to be Greenwich Mean Time/Coordinated Universal Time. As long as it’s not daylight savings time, it gives the time in Britain.

Why does datetime.now() require parentheses whilst datetime.year, month and day don’t?

Is line 1’s significance (from datetime import datetime) expanded on in a future module?

can someone help what did i do wrong here?