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

This community-built FAQ covers the “Getting the Current Date and Time” exercise in Codecademy’s lessons on Python.

FAQs for the Codecademy Python exercise Getting the Current Date and Time:

Join the Discussion. We Want to Hear From You!

Have a new question or can answer someone else’s? Reply (reply) to an existing thread!

Agree with a comment or answer? Like (like) to up-vote the contribution!

Need broader help or resources about Python in general? Go here!

Want to take the conversation in a totally different direction? Join our wider discussions.

Learn more about how to use this guide.

Found a bug? Report it!

Have a question about your account, billing, Pro, or Pro Intensive? Reach out to our support team!

None of the above? Find out where to ask other questions here!

Other FAQs

The following are links to additional questions that our community has asked about this exercise:

  • This list will contain other frequently asked questions that aren’t quite as popular as the ones above.
  • Currently there have not been enough questions asked and answered about this exercise to populate this FAQ section.
  • This FAQ is built and maintained by you, the Codecademy community – help yourself and other learners like you by contributing!

Not seeing your question? It may still have been asked before – try searching for it by clicking the spyglass icon (search) in the top-right of this page. Still can’t find it? Ask it below by hitting the reply button below this post (reply).

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???

3 Likes

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

2 Likes

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)
print(d)

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

1 Like

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?