FAQ: Learn Python - Date and Time - Grand Finale

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Why does the
now = datetime.now()
(I put my reply in multiple lines to make it seperate from my own words but I didn’t want to put in quotes as that would signify a string)

This is the .now() method on the datetime object. It returns a date object that can be broken down into,

>>> from datetime import datetime
>>> now = datetime.now()
>>> now
datetime.datetime(2020, 2, 20, 16, 36, 59, 532580)

In order, the values are,

year, month, day, hour, minute, second, microsecond

We can access these attributes by name…

>>> now.year
>>> now.month
>>> now.day
>>> now.hour
>>> now.minute
>>> now.second
>>> now.microsecond


>>> now.ctime()
'Thu Feb 20 16:36:59 2020'
>>> str(now)
'2020-02-20 16:36:59.532580'

Thank you so much! That is very well explained! :>

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Why does it show the wrong time? The time at my place is 19:56 while the time the editor is showing is 14:25. I live in the IST. Does the editor go according to IST-5:30 ?

The learning environment is synced up to UTC, not our local time (the time on our system).

Indian Standard Time is 5 hours and 30 minutes ahead of Coordinated Universal Time

9:17 p.m. Saturday, Coordinated Universal Time (UTC) is

2:47 a.m. Sunday, Indian Standard Time (IST)