Python Get Current time

In this article, you will learn to get current time of your locale as well as different time zones in Python.

There are a number of ways you can take to get current time in Python.


Example 1: Current time using datetime object


from datetime import datetime

now = datetime.now()

current_time = now.strftime("%H:%M:%S")
print("Current Time =", current_time)

In the above example, we have imported datetime class from the datetime module. Then, we used now() method to get a datetime object containing current date and time.

Using datetime.strftime() method, we then created a string representing current time.


If you need to create a time object containing current time, you can do something like this.


from datetime import datetime

now = datetime.now().time() # time object

print("now =", now)
print("type(now) =", type(now))	

Example 2: Current time using time module

You can also get the current time using time module.


import time

t = time.localtime()
current_time = time.strftime("%H:%M:%S", t)
print(current_time)

Example 3: Current time of a timezone

If you need to find current time of a certain timezone, you can use pytZ module.


from datetime import datetime
import pytz

tz_NY = pytz.timezone('America/New_York') 
datetime_NY = datetime.now(tz_NY)
print("NY time:", datetime_NY.strftime("%H:%M:%S"))

tz_London = pytz.timezone('Europe/London')
datetime_London = datetime.now(tz_London)
print("London time:", datetime_London.strftime("%H:%M:%S"))